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Poconos hazing: Blindfolded hazing stunt kills freshman, had major brain trauma

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A Poconos hazing stunt left a New York City college student dead this week during a fraternity retreat at the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. In a blindfolded game called “Glass Ceiling,” the freshman suffered major brain trauma during the dangerous hazing game under still mysterious circumstances, NewsMax reports this Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

The Poconos hazing ritual is one that isn’t ever normally reported to be life-threatening, but a 19-year-old freshman student from Baruch College, Chun Hsien Deng, hailing from the New York Manhattan area was killed. Deng, who went by the name of Michael with his friends and fellow pledges, died from the critical brain trauma injuries he suffered while pledging in the Pi Delta Psi fraternity amid a retreat.

According to the official police investigation that was launched into the tragic, fatal occurrence, detectives say that roughly 30 experienced fraternity brothers as well as four freshman pledges were spending the weekend at the Poconos Mountains center. Sometime on Sunday morning, in the middle of a “Glass Ceiling” hazing ritual, “Michael” was gravely injured.

The rules of the game note that the pledges are blindfolded, and then tasked to wear some sort of heavy object on their backs. The mission during the game is to try to find their way to someone who is calling their name; during this time, however, they need to endure being sacked, tackled, and hit by the other brothers to impede their way.

Deng was eventually injured and taken to a local hospital, but cops are especially looking into a delayed time lapse that may have contributed to the Poconos hazing death.

It was several Baruch administrators that called the distant retreat an "unsanctioned fraternity pledging event" and added that all fraternity and sorority members at the school are required "to sign statements that they understand and will abide by the college's policies regarding organizing a pledge class and antihazing protocols."

Pi Delta Psi describes itself as an "Asian American cultural fraternity" with a mission "to spread Asian American cultural awareness in an effort to empower the entire Asian American community."

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