Oregon Students Confess to Hanging Obama Effigy

Christian school suspends culprits, apologizes to Democrat
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Oct 1, 2008 6:31 PM CDT
Students cheer at a football game on an Oregon campus. Four students were suspended today for hanging a Barack Obama effigy on a Christian campus.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – A small Christian school in Oregon has suspended four students who confessed to hanging a cardboard Barack Obama effigy from a tree on campus, ABC News reports. Few students saw the cutout, which was hastily removed after a faculty member found it last week. It was an "abhorrent act" that does not reflect the institution, the president of George Fox University said.

Robin Baker also wrote an apology to Obama, whose campaign says they have otherwise had “a very positive response” in the state. A dean says the incident highlights the need for “diversity training.” The effigy was found with a sign reading “Act Six Reject,” a reference to a scholarship awarded to 17 students, mostly minorities, on the predominantly white campus in northwestern Newberg.