Frat banned from Pennsylvania over pledge’s hazing death
STROUDSBURG, Pa/January 08, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— A national fraternity has been banned from Pennsylvania for 10 years and ordered to pay a fine of more than $110,000 for its role in the death of a 19-year-old pledge during a 2013 hazing ritual.
Pi Delta Psi was sentenced Monday in Stroudsburg. The Asian-American cultural fraternity was convicted of involuntary manslaughter following a trial.
Baruch College freshman Chun “Michael” Deng was blindfolded, forced to wear a heavy backpack and then repeatedly tackled during a hazing ritual in the Pocono Mountains. He was knocked unconscious and later died at a hospital.
Monroe County President Judge Margherita Patti-Worthington says the fraternity tolerated hazing for years.
Four New York City men are scheduled to be sentenced later Monday after pleading guilty to manslaughter in Deng’s death.