College student’s mouth stapled shut during attack

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DETROIT — Police said an attack on a Michigan State University student at an off-campus party is not being investigated as a hate crime.

Zach Tennen says he was at a party when two men asked if he was Jewish, and when he responded “yes,” punched him in the face. Tennen says his attackers also stapled his mouth.

The 19-year-old sophomore from the Detroit suburb of Franklin was recovering Tuesday from jaw surgery. He says the assault took place early Sunday at an off-campus party.

East Lansing police said in a statement Tuesday that the assault was “not likely a hate crime.”

The statement also says police have identified a potential suspect.

Police did not return calls Tuesday from The Associated Press asking for more details on the attack.

Credit: The Associated Press.