Student Can No Longer Walk, Talk, or See Due to Fraternity Hazing

By: Sydney Zimmerman, Brooke Silver, Edison Dohler, Andy Flynn

A University of Missouri student suffered severe brain damage during fraternity hazing after being force-fed an entire handle of Tito's. At only 19 years old, Danny Santilli is now blind, unable to walk, and can no longer speak. The two fraternity brothers, Samuel Gandhi and Alec Wetzler, are now being sued by the Santilli family. The two boys forced Sutillu to drink until his lips turned blue and he stopped breathing, and they did not help him or send him to the hospital.


Santilli was found in a car with a blood-alcohol content of 0.486 percent, more than six times the legal driving limit. He was immediately put on ventilators and sent to the hospital. The national fraternity and university have suspended the Missouri chapter of Phi Gamma Delta. Santilli is now being cared for at home by his mother, but the doctors say he will never return to any point near full functionality again.


As high school students start considering college, do we want to go to schools with cultures like this? Fraternity hazing gets out of hand too frequently, leaving many college-freshmen with permanent health damage or even death. While some chapters do get banned after the death and injury of pledges, many colleges continually allow behavior like this to occur on campus.