Hate crime alleged at Temple University
Feb 25,2008 00:00
PHILADELPHIA - Investigators are reportedly looking into a fight, allegedly instigated by an anti-Semitic remark, at Philadelphia's Temple University.
Four Temple students allegedly assailed two students from another school who were standing in front of a traditionally Jewish fraternity house Friday, NBC 10 said.
A witness said the Temple students asked the others if they were members of the fraternity, and when the others said they were not, someone made an anti-Semitic remark and one of the Temple students threw a punch. University officials said the two victims were seriously injured in the ensuing fight.
Philadelphia police were seeking warrants for the Temple students, NBC 10 said. University police in were cooperating with the Philadelphia Police Department to pursue criminal charges through the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
Officials did not say what school the men who were beaten attended.
The Temple students have been suspended and university President Ann Weaver Hart said the school was taking the situation "very seriously and will be developing programs for students and the broader university community to address issues of tolerance and civility on our campuses."
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