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Police Dispute Jewish Student Zach Tennen's Claim that his Mouth was Stapled in Hate Crime

| by Michael Allen

East Lansing police Captain Jeff Murphy said that there was no evidence that Jewish student Zach Tennen had his mouth stapled during an attack that resulted in a broken jaw, reports the Daily Mail.

Police also claim that they have no witnesses to support Tennen's claim that he was attacked after being asked if he was Jewish at a party, near Michigan State University. If he were, the attack would be considered a 'hate crime.'

Tennen said he was attacked by two men who asked if he was Jewish, claimed to be Ku Klux Klan, gave a Nazi salute, said 'Heil Hitler' and began hitting him.

Tennen also claimed that the two men stapled his mouth through his gums: "It was coming up in my two bottom teeth and it started in my gum, so, somehow they managed to staple it."

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Police have not called the attack a 'hate crime.' Tennen's father replied that the East Lansing police "sicken us."

Anti-Defamation League Detroit Regional Director Betsy Kellman told the Daily Mail: "We are horrified by this violent assault and allegations that the student may have been viciously attacked because he was Jewish."

"We are confident that the East Lansing Police will thoroughly investigate this deeply troubling case and, given the allegations, treat it as a possible hate crime. We hope the perpetrators will be swiftly brought to justice."

Michigan State's Student Affairs and Services released a statement that read: "Michigan State University's Student Affairs and Services office has reached out to the family of the student assaulted in East Lansing to provide the academic and other support the student needs."

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