Jewish student 'given Nazi salute and has mouth stapled' during vicious beating in college campus as police say it is 'not a hate crime'
- Zach Tennen, 19, beaten unconscious at party close to Michigan State University
- Teenager said attackers told him they were in the KKK
- Zach had surgery to have his jaw wired after vicious assault
- Police said assault was 'not likely a hate crime' but refused to elaborate
By Louise Boyle
PUBLISHED: 14:33 GMT, 28 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:58 GMT, 28 August 2012
A college student was the victim of an alleged hate crime where he was beaten unconscious and had his mouth stapled while his attackers made anti-Semitic taunts.
Zach Tennen, 19, was at a party close to Michigan State University campus in the early hours of Sunday when he was set upon by two men who he said asked if he was Jewish.
The attackers, who claimed to be Ku Klux Klan, then raised their arms in a Nazi salute, saying 'Heil Hitler' and began hitting the teenager.
However East Lansing police said in a statement on Tuesday that the assault was 'not likely a hate crime'.
Investigators said a potential suspect has been identified. Police did not return calls asking for more details on the attack.
Zach told Local 4 that while he was passed out, the attackers managed to staple through his gums.
He said: 'It was coming up in my two bottom teeth and it started in my gum, so, somehow they managed to staple it.'
His mother told the Detroit Free Press that around 20 people at the party watched the attack but no one helped her son. He was then thrown out of the party.