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Felony Charges for Hazing That Led to Brain Damage

June 21, 2022

Felony charges were brought Friday against Ryan Delanty and Thomas Shultz, two former members of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at the University of Missouri at Columbia, for their roles in hazing Danny Santulli last fall, The Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

Santulli suffered brain damage in the incident, which left him blind and unable to walk or communicate.

Delanty and Shultz are charged with telling him to consume a bottle of vodka. Santulli passed out after he consumed three-fourths of a bottle. He was suffering from cardiac arrest when he was brought to the hospital.

The felony hazing charges against both men are life endangerment; they are also charged with the misdemeanor of supplying liquor to a minor or intoxicated person. Shultz was also indicted for felony tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution.

A petition calling for felony charges in the case has been signed by more than 35,000 people.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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