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A New York City college freshman was critically injured during a fraternity hazing ritual that required blindfolded pledges wearing weighted bags to navigate a path while being repeatedly knocked to the ground, authorities said Wednesday.
Chun Hsien "Michael" Deng, a 19-year-old student at Baruch College suffered "major brain trauma" while he was at a rented home in Tunkhannock Township in Pennsylvania's Poconos with 20 other members of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity over the weekend, the Monroe County district attorney's office said.
Deng was injured in the yard "while partaking in a ritual," the DA said.
The activity sounds spookily similar to hazing rituals, commonly known as "the gauntlet," that have been implicated in other deaths of college students in recent years, including one at Florida A&M University in 2011, and one at North Carolina's Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2008.
After Deng was knocked unconscious, his frat brothers brought him inside. Although he was unresponsive, there was "a considerable delay" before they drove him to the emergency room, official said.
Deng, who graduated from the elite Bronx High School of Science, died Monday morning. Lewis said police are still waiting for a toxicology report but it does not appear alcohol was a major factor in the incident. No one has been charged but the investigation is continuing.
Baruch College, part of the City University of New York, said the pledging event was "unsanctioned" and that the school has a "zero-tolerance policy" for hazing.
At least 59 students have died in incidents involving fraternities since 2005, according to an analysis by Bloomberg News earlier this year. Six others were paralyzed.