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Tue Aug 28, 2012, 07:53 AM

MSU student's mouth stapled, jaw broken in hate crime attack


A 19-year-old Michigan State University student is recovering at home in Oakland County today after surgery overnight for a broken jaw his family says stems from a brutal hate crime.

Two men at a party early Sunday asked Zachary Tennen, a journalism sophomore at MSU, if he was Jewish, his mother, Tina Tennen, said today.

They raised their arms in a Nazi salute, chanting ďHeil HitlerĒ and then knocked Tennen unconscious.

While he was out, the men stapled his mouth, putting a staple into his gum while about 20 people watched. .............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.freep.com/article/20120828/NEWS06/120828010/MSU-student-s-mouth-stapled-jaw-broken-in-hate-crime-attack?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE



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marmar Aug 2012 OP
LiberalLoner Aug 2012 #1
SheilaT Aug 2012 #2
alfredo Aug 2012 #3
Purveyor Aug 2012 #4
knitter4democracy Sep 2012 #5
Purveyor Oct 2012 #6

Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 07:57 AM

1. Our nation is becoming so scary and so ugly. :(

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 12:19 PM

2. It's not clear from the article if the ones

 

doing the attacking are also students. If they are, I hope they're kicked out of school immediately. In any case, I hope the family of this young man can successfully sue them for damages, and that they serve time in jail.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 10:15 PM

3. These guys have just qualified to run for office on the Republican ticket.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 05:53 PM

4. Cops: Religion not motive in attack on Jewish man

 

(AP) -- A Michigan State University student's Jewish religion was not a factor in an assault at an off-campus party, police said Wednesday, a day after the 19-year-old man claimed he was popped in the jaw as a victim of "religious hatred."

Developing...

http://www.newsday.com/news/cops-religion-not-motive-in-attack-on-jewish-man-1.3935099?qr=1

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Response to Purveyor (Reply #4)

Sat Sep 22, 2012, 12:17 PM

5. That's bullshit, pardon my language.

If they ask him if he's Jewish and then attack, it's motivated by bigotry of the worst kind.

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Response to knitter4democracy (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 12:47 PM

6. Zachary Tennen: The Boy Who Cried Wolf

 

Iím guessing that things were pretty tense at Zachary Tannenís house during the high holy days this year. I feel sorry for him, but Iím kind of trying not to.

Tennen brought national attention to East Lansing, Michigan in late August of this year by alleging that he was attacked at an off-campus party by Nazi/Klan sympathizers because he was Jewish. The story interested me, particularly, because half of my family is Jewish and because I live about ten city blocks from the scene of the reported crime.

The story was horrific. Tennen arrived at the Emergency Department of a local hospital badly beaten, and told his parents and ELPD officers that he was beaten up and had a staple forced into his gum after individuals raised their hands in a Nazi salute. His jaw was broken. It seemed to be a patent hate crime here in the corn-fed wholesomeness of a Big Ten town, an un-provoked and savage attack on a physically slight and totally innocent boy. I remember the sharp sting of tears in my eyes as I read the stories, imagining my own son injured and alone. I was panicky and furious at the idea that Michigan State University was home to some group of virulent anti-Semitic thugs. In the days that followed, the story was all over the internet, and locally there was talk of vigils, Facebook groups and other means of demonstrating support for the boy and his family.

Hereís the thing: it didnít actually happen. Well, Zachary Tennen was beaten up at a party on August 26th, and his jaw was broken, but the rest of it was fiction. The story started to change a couple of weeks ago, when the County Prosecutor reported that the ELPD had interviewed more than 50 witnesses, none of whom saw anything related to Nazis, Klan sympathizers, or anti-Semitism. I will admit, dear reader, that even then when I heard that particular news, my reflexive reaction was ďof course they all denied it!Ē

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http://open.salon.com/blog/ann_nichols/2012/09/28/zachary_tennen_the_boy_who_cried_wolf

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