Police investigating alleged hate crime against Oberlin College professor

Published: Nov. 18, 2016 at 3:25 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2016 at 4:38 PM EST
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OBERLIN, OH (WOIO) - Oberlin College says that there was an anti-Semitic hate crime against one of their professors and his family Wednesday night.

Police said that Benjamin Kuperman, an associate professor and chair of the computer science department, called around 3:40 a.m. when he heard a noise outside his home. He told officers that he found the sea shells on his porch were smashed and a note had been left behind a mezuzah he had hung up on his door frame.

The note was a ripped piece of paper that appeared to have letters glued on reading "GAS JEWS DIE."

Kuperman said they had not had recent issues with anyone from Oberlin College, visitors to their home or any of their friends or neighbors.

"As the General Faculty discussed yesterday, this is a moment of great stress and consternation, both nationally and locally," a statement from the college said. "We will need each other's continued compassion and support at this time; please take care of yourselves, your families, and your loved ones. As our community grieves for the loss of dignity and personal/physical safety that comes with these sorts of vile attacks, these events also can galvanize us in our resolve to fight bigotry and hatred wherever and whenever they occur."

Police are investigating the matter as a hate crime.


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