OT: MSU STUDENT‚ÄôS MOUTH STAPLED SHUT DURING HORRIFIC ANTI-SEMITIC HATE CRIME
SHOCKING REPORT: MSU STUDENT‚ÄôS MOUTH STAPLED SHUT DURING HORRIFIC ANTI-SEMITIC HATE CRIME
- Posted on August 28, 2012 at 2:19pm by Billy Hallowell
Zachary Tennen, a 19-year-old Michigan State University student, was the victim of what police investigators are categorizing a hate-crime following an attack at an off-campus party. Tennen, a resident of suburban Detroit, is telling media that his attackers, who broke his jaw and reportedly stapled his mouth shut at the lips and gums, asked if he was Jewish before assaulting him.
Zachary Tennen, a 19-year-old sophomore in MSU‚Äôs journalism program, was attending a house party early Sunday morning when two men approached him and asked if he was Jewish. After responding in the affirmative, the two men allegedly performed a Nazi salute and recited ‚ÄúHeil Hitler‚ÄĚ before beating the young man unconscious.
CBS Detroit reports that 20 people witnessed the attack as the two assailants proceeded to staple Tennen‚Äôs mouth shut and broke his jaw.
‚ÄúThey knocked me down really hard ‚Ä¶ and I assumed someone would help me,‚ÄĚ Tennen said in a statement. ‚ÄúBut after some guys at the house basically kicked me out, I had to get a cab.‚ÄĚ
Tina Tennen, the student‚Äôs mother, told the Detroit Free Press her son took a taxi to Sparrow Hospital in East Lansing for initial treatment, but underwent surgery in metro Detroit Monday night to have his jaw wired shut.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs an awful hate crime, and what he‚Äôs gone through emotionally and physically, it‚Äôs scary to put it into words,‚ÄĚ she explained. ‚ÄúHopefully the worst is behind us. It‚Äôs going to be hopefully not too rough.‚ÄĚ
While Tennen did admit to consuming ‚Äúa small amount of alcohol,‚ÄĚ he remembers the events that unfolded and has recounted them to media outlets. His father has expressed frustration that hospital officials didn‚Äôt report the incident to police, especially after purportedly learning about the assault directly from the young victim.
‚ÄúIt almost seemed like they tried to kill me, and to think about that in my brain, physically ‚ÄĒ it isn‚Äôt very pleasant,‚ÄĚ Tennen told campus newspaper The State News.
Now, the student‚Äôs family is seeking the help of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a group that tackles anti-Semitism. In a press release today, the organization responded.
‚ÄúWe are horrified by this violent assault and allegations that the student may have been viciously attacked because he was Jewish,‚ÄĚ ADL Detroit Regional Director Betsy Kellman said in a statement. ‚ÄĚWe hope the perpetrators will be swiftly brought to justice.‚ÄĚ
Tennen is expected to return to MSU after a week of recovery.