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College Student Dies From Brain Injury Following Pledging Ritual

Yet another college student was severely injured and lost his life after performing a reportedly banned pledging ritual in hopes of gaining acceptance into a fraternity.

via Fox News

Authorities in Pennsylvania are investigating the death of a New York City college student during a fraternity ritual.

Chen “Michael” Deng, 19, was brought to a Wilkes-Barre hospital early Sunday morning in critical condition, The Pocono Record reports. Authorities say Deng was injured at a Tunkhannock Township residence, where about 30 members of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity had traveled for the weekend.

Deng, a freshman from Baruch College in New York City, was one of four pledges to the fraternity. He was allegedly injured during a ritual in the yard.

“He got tackled too many times,” Monroe County District Attorney E. David Christine said. He said Deng was forced to run a gauntlet blindfolded and with a heavy weight on his back. The teenager suffered a fatal brain injury.

Deng suffered a head injury and was taken inside the home, officials said. When he didn’t recover “after some time,” he was driven to the emergency room at a nearby hospital, where he was unresponsive and listed in critical condition, the New York Post reported.

He was placed on life support, but reportedly died Monday from major brain trauma.

The fraternity issued a statement calling the incident an “unsanctioned event” that “was strictly prohibited by our organization.” The college says it had no knowledge about the event.

These frat incidents gone wrong are occurring waaaaaayyyy too often lately…



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