Four students confess to hanging likeness of Obama


NEWBERG, Oregon — A Christian university in Oregon said Tuesday it has punished four students who confessed to hanging a likeness of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama from a tree on campus. George Fox University broke the news to students and staff Tuesday afternoon at an all-campus meeting.

About 1,000 people attended, said Rob Felton, a university spokesman. A statement from the school 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. The FBI is investigating whether any civil rights were violated.