A New York City college freshman has died from what's being described as "too many" tackles during a fraternity hazing over the weekend in the Pennsylvania Poconos. In a statement released Wednesday by the prosecutor's office, it was reported that 19-year-old Baruch College freshman Chun Hsien "Michael" Deng died from major head trauma.
Deng was one of four pledges to his college's chapter of Pi Delta Psi, who took part in what was described as a hazing ritual outside a home in Tunkhannock Township on Sunday, according to Fox News on Dec. 12.
The New York Times identified the pledge game as being called the Glass Ceiling, and it is played outdoors. In it, a person is blindfolded and a heavy item is placed on his back.
The person then has to try and navigate to someone who's calling them, but as they do so, other players try and tackle them.
Officials say Deng suffered a head injury Sunday morning and was taken inside the home. However, when he didn’t recover after "some time", he was taken to the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital emergency room in nearby Wilkes-Barre.
Deng was unresponsive and his condition was listed as critical. He was placed on life support, but died on Monday from what was described as major brain trauma.
"He got tackled too many times", Monroe County District Attorney E. David Christine said according to without providing additional details.
Approximately 30 members of the fraternity were taking part in the weekend getaway in northeastern Pennsylvania, about 30 miles north of Allentown, according to ABC News.
Investigators say 20 Pi Delta Psi members were found at the home when they arrived, but they're still trying to identify who was responsible for the young man's fatal injuries.
Founded in 1994, Pi Delta Psi identifies itself as an "Asian American cultural fraternity",with a mission, "to spread Asian American cultural awareness". They claim over 20 chapters throughout 11 states and the District of Columbia.
Baruch College, part of The City University of New York in Manhattan, is distancing itself from the incident saying they had no knowledge of the event, nor that the fraternity was rushing a pledge class.
Further, Pi Delta Psi did not request permission from the college nor were they approved by Baruch to hold the event. Baruch reiterated it has a zero tolerance policy regarding hazing.
They report that all fraternities and sororities are required to attend an orientation session that includes anti-hazing training. Attendees must also sign statements that they understand these policies.
In light of Michael's tragic death, the college reminded students that no individual should ever be placed in a position where his or her personal safety is in jeopardy.
It's not yet known whether any charges will be filed in this case.