Just another thought I wanted to put out there: How do we know these four perpetrators were bigots, and not liberals trying to spread the message that bigotry is still alive? For every solved campus hate crime committed by a true-blue racist, there seem to be several committed by activists.
There’s no way to answer that question yet, because the school is keeping mum on which kids it caught. I really, really would like a newspaper in the area to get a hold of those four kids’ names. Since the police investigated, it might be part of public record somewhere (unless the campus police department, like the one at the school I attended, gets to be “private” when it comes to handing over information).
UPDATE: The students have released anonymous statements that don’t shed much light on the matter.