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College hazing death: Student dies after 'glass-ceiling' fraternity initiation

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A college hazing event went very wrong and a student died, but what happened to leave the student with a fatal head injury is just starting to emerge today. Authorities say that the 19-year-old freshman pledge, Chun Hsien “Michael” Deng, was participating in a game called the glass-ceiling, according to CBS News on Dec. 12

The Baruch College student was with 30 other Pi Delta Psi fraternity brothers in a house that was rented for the weekend in Pennsylvania. This weekend retreat was organized for four pledges to go through their initiation. The college calls this an “unsanctioned” weekend that they had absolutely no knowledge of.

Three dozen members of the fraternity Pi Delta Psi rented this house for the weekend, calling it a retreat. They started playing this glass-ceiling game which entails tying a “bowling-ball-like weight” to the pledge’s back and blindfolding them. They then walk through a “human tunnel” as the other pledges try to tackle them. The object of the game is to make it out of the human tunnel standing. This game was played outside in the yard.

Deng, who was one of four pledges, was knocked down several times during this game, which caused his injuries. When he was injured, instead of calling 911, the pledges carried him back into the house. “After some time” they drove him to the local emergency room, which was 30 miles away.

He was put on life-support, but his head injuries were too severe and he died. Outrage is coming from the public, many who are calling for the disbandment of the fraternity. The school has suspended all rights and privileges for the fraternity on campus.

The national director of Pi Delta Psi released a statement condemning the actions of the hazing incident. It has suspended all new member education nationwide until further notice as it investigates this incident. Apparently the retreat was held under the title of new member education.

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