Officials at a Christian university in Oregon announced Tuesday that four students have confessed to hanging a likeness of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama from a tree on campus.
A statement from George Fox University said the penalties against the four students were “immediate long-term suspension and public service.” The school cited federal privacy rules in not disclosing more about the students or their punishment.
“To the best of our knowledge these are the only people involved. We’re not pursuing it any further,” said university spokesman Rob Felton, adding that the four were discovered after the university led its own investigation.
Students and staff were informed of the development Tuesday afternoon at an all-campus meeting attended by about 1,000 people, according to the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, the FBI continues to investigate whether any civil rights were violated.
The commercially produced cardboard cutout of Obama was found hanging from a tree last week with fishing line around the neck. A message taped to the cutout read, “Act Six reject.” That refers to a scholarship and leadership program for minority and low-income student leaders at Christian colleges primarily located in the Northwest.