Source - Pocono Mountain Regional Police and the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney are investigating the death of 19-year-old Chen “Michael” Deng.
At approximately 8:15 a.m. Sunday morning, Pocono Mountain Regional Police Officers were advised that Chen Deng was brought to the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital by his friends earlier that morning. Upon Deng’s arrival at the hospital, he was found unresponsive and in critical condition. Detectives responded to the hospital and learned Deng suffered his injuries at a residence on Candlewood Drive in Tunkhannock Township. Shortly after beginning treatment, physicians determined Deng suffered major brain trauma and he was placed on life support.
Officers and detectives from Pocono Mountain Regional Police and Monroe County Detectives Unit responded to the residence and found approximately 20 members of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity. Through investigation, it was learned that over 30 members of the fraternity traveled to the Poconos from New York City for the weekend. In the early morning hours Sunday, Deng, one of four pledges to the fraternity, was injured while partaking in a ritual in the yard of the residence. After Deng suffered the traumatic injury, he was brought inside the residence and was unresponsive. After some time, members of the fraternity drove him to the emergency room in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County.
On Monday morning, Deng succumbed to his injuries at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital. Deng was a freshman at Baruch College in Manhattan. An investigation into the circumstances of the victim’s death is on-going.
Baruch College is saddened to confirm the recent death of Chun Hsien (Michael) Deng, a Baruch freshman, as reported to us by the president of the national fraternity Pi Delta Psi. The preliminary reports indicate that Michael died over the weekend while participating in an unsanctioned fraternity pledging event in the Poconos, PA. Baruch College had no knowledge of this event or that the fraternity was rushing a pledge class. Pi Delta Psi did not request permission nor were they approved by Baruch on this matter.
Baruch College has a zero tolerance policy regarding hazing. All fraternities and sororities on Baruch’s campus are required to attend the College’s orientation and training session at the beginning of the academic year, which includes anti-hazing training and literature. All attendees are required to sign statements that they understand and will abide by the College’s policies regarding organizing a pledge class and anti-hazing protocols. Michael’s death is a deeply painful reminder that no individual should ever be put into a position where his or her personal safety is in jeopardy. Our deepest sympathies go out to Michael’s family and his friends both at Baruch and at home.
Along with its own internal review, Baruch is cooperating fully with law enforcement as this incident is investigated.
Sad story obviously. Makes you wonder what the fuck was going through this frat’s head? Seriously how fucking clueless do you have to be to what’s going on around you? Doing a “ritual” where a kid could get massive brain trauma and nobody says hey maybe this is a bad idea? Not even that but how clueless do you have to be to just the world in general? Hazing has been like THE hot topic college issue for years now. Schools cracking down on it left and right. Imposing harsher penalties. Practically driving Greek life off campus in a lot of places. Each incident making front page news. And you do something where there’s a possibility that a freshman is going to die on your front lawn from brain trauma? So fucking dumb. Deserve everything that’s about to happen to you.