Assault on Jewish fraternity members at Towson University investigated as hate crime
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Assault on Jewish fraternity members at Towson University investigated as hate crime

A view of Prettyman Hall at Towson University. (Adam Jackson/Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) — Two members of the historically Jewish Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at Towson University were victims of a possible anti-Semitic attack.

The fraternity members were walking near the campus when the two assailants began shouting “F*** the Jews” and called them by an ethnic slur, the Baltimore Sun reported. The assailants then began punching one of the fraternity members in the face. One of the victims recognized the assailants as Towson students.

The police report said that the victim “believes the assault was motivated by his religious beliefs,” according to the newspaper. The assault reportedly is being investigated as a hate-bias incident. The victims have a year to press charges.

In a statement emailed Tuesday to the Towson community, President Kim Schatzel called the incident “deplorable.”

“Towson University does not tolerate acts of hatred, bias, racism or discrimination of any kind on our campus or by members of the TU community,” she wrote. “All reports of hate-bias are taken seriously and are thoroughly investigated. Any student found responsible for such conduct is subject to sanctions including suspension and expulsion from the university.”

Towson is a public university with some 22,000 students located less than 10 miles from Baltimore.