New York college student dies after hazing incident in Poconos

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pennsylvania Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:25pm EST

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EAST STROUDSBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Police are investigating the death of a college student who suffered brain trauma after "too many" tackles during a fraternity hazing incident over the weekend in the Poconos, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Criminal investigators probing the death of Chen "Michael" Deng, 19, a freshman at Baruch College in Manhattan, are looking to "identify who was responsible for the injuries that killed him," said E. David Christine Jr., the district attorney of Monroe County, about 75 miles west of New York City.

Deng was pledging his college chapter of Pi Delta Psi fraternity, the DA's Chief County Detective Eric Kerchner said in a statement on Wednesday.

He had traveled with a group of about 30 people to Tunkhannock Township in Monroe County for the weekend, Kerchner said.

Early Sunday morning, Deng was one of four pledges involved in a ritual in the yard of a residence on Candlewood Drive. After suffering a head injury, Deng was brought inside the home, Kerchner said.

"He got tackled too many times," Christine said in an interview.

Deng was driven by his friends to the emergency room at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, where he was unresponsive and in critical condition, Pocono Mountain Regional Police said. Diagnosed with major brain trauma, he was placed on life support but died on Monday.

Neither Baruch College, part of the City University of New York, nor Pi Delta Psi immediately responded to requests for comment.

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Gunna Dickson)

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Comments (4)
WhyMeLord wrote:
Darwin would stand by his premise that this was “Natural Selection” at work cleansing the gene pool. I’m sad this event took place, but college kids haven’t matured enough to make “good choices”. They have too much money at their disposal, too little to keep them busy in their free time, and too much free time for their own good. It’s obvious that these little boondoggles happen all the time; no wonder that our country is an intellectual wasteland with stuff like this.

Dec 11, 2013 4:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
3rdsee wrote:
JSU students were arrested involving a hazing incident that took place off-campus one year ago.
Jeremy Deshaun Potts, 21, and Justavious Quintae Johnson, 22, were charged with single counts of misdemeanor hazing.
Rhyan Anthony Swanson, 24, Carl Robinson, 22, Benjamin Joshua Puckett, 23, and Juston Patrick Daniel, 22, have each been charged with first-degree assault, a felony, and two counts of misdemeanor hazing. HOW ARE THESE TWO SO DIFFERENT?

Dec 11, 2013 5:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
hawkeye19 wrote:
His whole generation is “responsible”: they’re all losers.

Dec 11, 2013 5:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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