Police: Attack on Jewish MSU Student Not a Hate Crime

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Police said Tuesday that an incident in which a Michigan State University student was attacked at an off-campus party by two men who asked if he was Jewish is probably not a hate crime.

The police department’s statement said the assault, in which Zach Tennen’s mouth was stapled, was “not likely a hate crime,” but it did not explain why the assault did not qualify as one, the Associated Press reports.  The statement also said police have located two witnesses and identified a potential suspect.

Tennen was recovering Tuesday from jaw surgery resulting from the attack.

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