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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Chun Deng's Fraternity Hazing Death Ruled Homicide

     The death of a New York college student during a fraternity ritual in Pennsylvania has been ruled a homicide, the coroner's office said February 14, 2014. Baruch College freshman Chun Deng, 19, died in December 2013 of "closed head injuries..due to blunt force head trauma."…The college has said Deng died while participating in an unsanctioned fraternity pledging event and that it has a "zero tolerance policy regarding hazing."…

     More than 30 members of Pi Delta Psi were conducting a ritual outdoors for new pledges called the "glass ceiling."…The objective was for Deng, who was blindfolded and wearing a backpack filled with a 20-pound bag of sand, to navigate toward someone who was calling for him "while other fraternity brothers physically prevented that from happening."…Deng fell backward, struck his head and was unconscious and unresponsive….

Rande Laboni, "Baruch College Fraternity 'Ritual' Death Ruled a Homicide, Coroner Says," CNN, February 14, 2014 (See my blog, "Another Hazing Death," December 15, 2013) 

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