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UPDATED: Cebu teens punished by Catholic school for posting bikini photos on Facebook get support from judge's ruling; But scho
As it turned out, there were two students from Cebu’s St. Theresa’s College who were banned from their high school graduation ceremony as punishment for posting their bikini photos on their Facebook accounts.
Published on: Mar 30, 2012 - 10:19am

(UPDATED, Friday, March 30, 10:04 p.m.) As it turned out, there were two students from Cebu's St. Theresa's College (STC) who were banned from their high school graduation ceremony as punishment for posting their bikini photos on their Facebook accounts.

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ABS-CBNNews.com reports that on Thursday, March 29, Regional Trial Court Judge Wilfredo Navarro ruled in favor of the two teens. Their graduation ceremony is scheduled today, March 30.

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In his ruling, Navarro wrote: "The... minor students concerned received the shock of their lives when they were called by the high school principal... 'sluts,' 'addicts,' 'drunkards,' and 'cheap.'" He added that the school did not give the two gils a "proper hearing" and also pointed out that banning them from the ceremony would be "un-Christian."

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But that wasn't the end of it.

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Later today, in another ABS-CBNNews.com report, it was revealed that STC ignored Navarro's ruling. The report noted: "The affected students approached the gate of STC with their parents Friday afternoon, March 30. They were in their school uniforms and were still hoping to join the graduation ceremony. However, school guards prevented them from entering campus. The parents insisted that the court had ruled the children could take part in the graduation. The guards, however did not budge."

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As of now, it's not clear if STC will get penalized for disregarding Navarro's decision.

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For more on this story, log on to ABS-CBNNews.com.

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28 Comments
  • ***usisero***
    Ako, professional kaya wala ako fb, hehehe! Facebook na naman ito. Marami na talagang nagagawa ang fb sa mga tao. Kaya ingat ingat lang sa pag gamit ng fb.
    Apr 03 2012 @ 12:37pm     Reply  
  • tambay sa kanto
    @entrepreneur,

    totoo naman, ilan na sa mga nag comment dito sa spot ang nagsabi na hindi pang professional ang fb. Turn off ito kung gusto mo professional ang image mo, kaya ako hindi ako masyado ng facebook. Kahit tambay ako, alam ko na dapat medyo ang dating ko naman ay professional tambay.
    To all people who wants to project a professional image, please do not use fb, it will ruin your professionalism. Ask around or you may observe. nakakatawa kayo kung professional ka tapos ang sasabihin mo, follow me sa facebook tapos ang mga pics at status at comments ng friends mo walang kwentang usapan. Buti pa dito sa spot, intelligence at useful opinions and mababasa mo kahit minsan may nag aaway, hahaha!
    Apr 03 2012 @ 12:06pm     Reply  
  • filipina ako
    @Mark, @ entrepreneur,@Reese, @ @Mark,

    I agree! think before you post anything and respect the rules that bind you to whoever and whatever.
    Yung sinabi naman ni "entrepreneur" about professionalism, you are right, emails are what is being asked and contact number not the fb account. Ang twitter at facebook, mas maganda pang artista at politiko. I think I really agree with you.

    Marami na tayong nababalitaan sa facebook, so let us learn our lessons and be responsible for our actions and posts.
    Apr 03 2012 @ 11:50am     Reply  
  • Reese
    Sa akin lang, a simple reprimand is enough. Banning them to join the graduation is just too harsh. Minsan lang mangyari yung pag graduate sa HS, ipinagkait pa. Ang sakit lang nun. These girls had been scarred for life.
    Para sa mga girls naman, lesson na din ito para sa inyo to be careful about what you post. Ok lang mag picture picture pero sana you posted those pics after the graduation. Kasi i agree na while you are still students of STC, you are binded by their rules/policies, whether you like it or not. Your parents signed the rule book e. Every actions has a corresponding consequence. Too bad, the consequence was just too harsh.
    Apr 02 2012 @ 08:02pm     Reply  
  • @Mark
    agree ako dito dude.... problem is people dont think what they post....
    @lynn... i think hindi man defined as facebook... pero if the person is identified as a student of the school in the forum that they presented themselves... mas say na school dun... oo... di ako agree na pati FB icontrol nung school. pero if the person is identified as being connected to the school through FB, damage and liability control lang yan.
    Apr 02 2012 @ 06:16pm     Reply  
  • entrepreneur
    tama iyan, huwag na mag fb hehehe! gulo lang yan.
    Advice sa mga gustong maging mukhang professional:
    Alam nyo ang professional at business inclined na tao hindi ginagamit madalas ang fb sa business dealings. kaya kung gusto nyong maging professional at business like just do not spend much tiime with this social networking site. Hindi naman hihingin ng business partner nyo ang fb account nyo, email ang kukunin nila. Sa professional turn off ang fb pero sa artista at politiko, turn on ito.
    Apr 02 2012 @ 05:29pm     Reply  
  • Mark
    lesson... huwag na lang mag facebook.
    kung hindi mapigilan ang facebook, huwag mag post ng mga pictures na will show much of yourself, yung mga photos na magpapakita ng inyong katawan, to protect yourself na rin.

    ang facebook talaga, maraming hindi magaganda ang nangyayari, kaya isip isip muna bago mag fb.
    Apr 02 2012 @ 04:59pm     Reply  
  • lynn
    I think as netizens (citizens of the internet), those girls should have been more cautious of things they post online. And maybe they should have just put their profile on private if they really did want those bikini photos out there? But I think the decision of their school was just too harsh. I mean they should leave facebook out of it and only ban them IF they defied a law within school bounds.
    Apr 02 2012 @ 03:36pm     Reply  
  • silent_hunter
    sorry sa typos....
    1. RULE BOOKS, rule book lang po
    2. INTELLIGENCES, intelligence

    kung may iba pa kayong makita... I stand corrected.
    Apr 02 2012 @ 02:31pm     Reply  
  • silent_hunter
    Ganito lang yan eh.... if may ganung rules sa rulebook nung school, the parents or kids... ay di pwedeng maginarte.... the judge is st*p*d if he sided with the plaintiffs na paattend-in sila ng graduaton... why, because the rule book of the school is a legal binding contract, when you enrolled your kids to the school, may pirma yan eh... means that you are binded by the rules of the rule book. so if the rule books says otherwise, then... bobo yung judge, wala cyang back bone if nagpadala cya sa pressure nung mga bobong magulang at media. at sa mga ka-spot, no matter how archaic the rules are... rules are rules pumirma ka eh... means you are binded by the rules... tama si RONS, ang dami daming school sa pinas... nagsusumiksik kayo dyan... tapos if di nyo masunod yung rules nung school... yung school ang masama.... Agree rin ako kay [generation of over-sharers] I am also very naughty in my youth, pero sana nagintay sila ng ilang araw lang after the graduation, para kahit na n*de really scandalous pics ang ipost nila sa FB, wala ng magagawa yung school.... patience and intelligences seems to be lacking in our society and unfortunately our kids....
    Apr 02 2012 @ 02:29pm     Reply  
  • ginggingramos
    I am ashamed to be a Theresian! The gall of STC to ban 2 students from graduation when, in fact, they have every right to graduate. This is why I hate the Catholic institution so much! THE HYPOCRISY!! What about the monumental atrocities committed by the church to mankind?! What about the Spanish Inquisition, the Crusades, the witch hunt, the massacre and pillage of indigenous peoples around the world, the Holocaust, the connivance of the Vatican in crimes like the murder of a Swiss guard and 2 Opus Dei couples in the 80s, the death of the head of the Banco Ambrosiano, the untimely death of one pope, the death of our very own Jose Rizal, the priests turned rapists?!!! And you dare subject these girls to aggravation and anguish just because the chose to express themselves?!!! THE HYPOCRISY IS OVERWHELMING!!!
    Apr 02 2012 @ 12:03pm     Reply  
  • Reese
    Sabi na kasing "think before you click" e. Tigas ng ulo...
    Apr 01 2012 @ 08:34pm     Reply  
  • pilo
    wow. very godly and real purveyors of good taste. even if the girls were real sluts, the shocker is that the administrators resorted to cheap name calling that was uncalled for, catholic or otherwise. bigots.
    Apr 01 2012 @ 08:15pm     Reply  
  • boom
    "The... minor students concerned received the shock of their lives when they were called by the high school principal... 'sluts,' 'addicts,' 'drunkards,' and 'cheap.'"

    Just because the kids wore bikinis, had their pictures taken, and posted those pictures on Facebook doesn't mean they really are 'sluts', 'addicts', 'drunkards, and 'cheap'. True or not, that principal has no right.

    Do the girls actually get their diplomas and just not march during the graduation rites? If they weren't given their diplomas, then they were just denied to a right that they are supposed to have.

    The school could have just given them a warning and had the pictures removed from their Facebook pages.


    The big question is, why the heck was the school viewing their bikini pictures... hmmm.... now that needs some investigating.

    The school also ignored the court's ruling. So they have their own laws now?
    Apr 01 2012 @ 11:45am     Reply  
  • generation of over-sharers
    Couldn't the girls have waited until after graduation to post their outing photos? A few days would've made a huge difference. They could've avoided all of these.
    Mar 31 2012 @ 04:17pm     Reply  
  • dodobird
    @hellzyeah You mean "burned at the stake" not steak.

    I agree though. Some of these rules are just too archaic. You can't keep women from dressing like so. If the rules are not working anymore, then make new ones that are adjusted to the current times. We live in the 21st century, this isn't the Maria Clara era.
    Mar 31 2012 @ 04:12pm     Reply  
  • Pilipino
    They know this even before they enrolled. Policies are policies. If they cannot follow they are free to get out of that school. They disobeyed, so they must be punished for that. It is really out of deportment, posting pictures like that. And wearing bikinis is not the only issue here. The kids are said to be smoking and drinking as well.
    Mar 31 2012 @ 11:16am     Reply  
  • Rons
    Dont push yourself to go to school like STC. This is a free country anyway. I think STC did not force you to be with them.
    Mar 31 2012 @ 09:02am     Reply  
  • lol@kids
    "Why does the media coverage on this always exclude the fact that the girls were also caught smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol, which were explicitly stated in the school's rule book as offenses subject to dismissal (including posting pictures which show 'ample skin exposure' on the Internet). The parents sign the rule book each year, which means they agree with these rules and work to ensure their kids follow them even outside school premises. You can call their rules outdated but if you disagree with the policies, then don't send your kids to a Catholic school. It's dangerous when the parents' values are not aligned with the school's."

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    Mar 31 2012 @ 06:46am     Reply  
  • geekgod
    this really should have been an open and shut case with the offending students being punished according to the school handbook. but the problem is that STC allegedly did not follow its own rules for due process as stated in the handbook. if this is proven to be true, the school's case is weakened greatly. personally, the girls should have been punished with losing their summer to community service and counseling. after all, the mandate of Christianity has always been to reform wrongdoers and bring back the lost sheep.
    Mar 31 2012 @ 01:38am     Reply  
  • Genuine
    These nuns think they're untouchable. They just spat on a judge's order!
    Mar 31 2012 @ 01:32am     Reply  
  • crowned_goddess
    Moral of the story: We should all swim in nun's clothing. A la penguins in the summer.
    Mar 31 2012 @ 12:29am     Reply  
  • Alta├»r Ibn-La'Ahad
    Christian Taliban strikes again. As long as religion is the basis of the laws of the school, then that school will continue to teach children to live in the past even without knowing it.
    Mar 30 2012 @ 11:12pm     Reply  
  • they bought into it
    no one forced them to send their kids to this school. they knew it was a Catholic school. they signed up for it. bakit sila nagrereklamo? I saw the photos sa twitter. Sabi nung parents family party daw. Eh yung picture mukha namang walang parents around. Parang di naman totoong family party. Pinalalabas lang na family party para pagtakpan yung mga bata.

    I wasn't surprised the nuns stood their ground. Kulong na kung kulong. Kesa naman maging precedent at marami nang magsunuran na magviolate ng rules sa handbook. It wouldn't be the first time a 'believer' will be imprisoned for their beliefs.

    Saka ang weird nun if nandun sila sa graduation. Agaw-eksena pa sila. Mas titingnan at pag-uusapan pa sila ng tao. Hindi naman sila na-expel. Pinagbawalan lang mag-march.

    OA yung reaction nung parents that they turned to the media. Eh kung hindi secure yung account ng anak nila, lalabas yung pictures. If they just taught their children to take accountability for their actions, eh di sana this issue would've been confined within the STC community. Ngayon their bikini-clad young bodies taking a group-shower is all over the internet. Ano, eh nasa twitter na ngayon? Mas lalo pa tuloy na-embarrass yung mga bata.
    Mar 30 2012 @ 09:59pm     Reply  
  • Pat
    Why does the media coverage on this always exclude the fact that the girls were also caught smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol, which were explicitly stated in the school's rule book as offenses subject to dismissal (including posting pictures which show 'ample skin exposure' on the Internet). The parents sign the rule book each year, which means they agree with these rules and work to ensure their kids follow them even outside school premises. You can call their rules outdated but if you disagree with the policies, then don't send your kids to a Catholic school. It's dangerous when the parents' values are not aligned with the school's.
    Mar 30 2012 @ 09:34pm     Reply  
  • Hellzyeah
    This is st*p*d. Get with the program. We aren't living in the medieval ages anymore. Girls are going to wear bikinis. Kids are going to post pictures on Facebook. Why should they be deprived their commencement exercises which they earned for something they did on their own private time, outside of school premises. The pictures were leaked online and they aren't so bad. Just looks like a bunch of girls having fun to me. Nothing un-Christian about it. Its these backwards thinking motherf*ckers that should be burned at the steak.
    Mar 30 2012 @ 07:21pm     Reply  
  • Mark
    This rule or policy of the school is made known even before they enrolled in that school. We all know how damaging fb is. I guess it just should have made known to the girls in a more gentle way.
    Mar 30 2012 @ 02:22pm     Reply  
  • Concerned Citizen
    If everyone in Bikinis will be tagged as "non-Christian-slash-unChristian", then Christianity in this beach-loving world will lose 90% of its followers. The other 10% comprised by the nuns and priests remains.
    Mar 30 2012 @ 01:22pm     Reply   Hide replies
    • Jesuswasablackman
      Nuns themselves would look fug-*gly in bikinis, and priests hanging around Bora in the midst of Holy Week can only be seen like skeevy pervs
      Mar 31 2012 @ 10:10pm     Reply  
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