Cebu teen posts bikini photo on Facebook, school bans her from graduation ceremony as punishment

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that a 16-year-old girl in Cebu is suing Saint Theresa’s College, an exclusive Catholic girls’ school, after school authorities decreed that she banned from attending her high school graduation ceremony because she posted a Facebook picture of herself in a bikini.

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that a 16-year-old girl in Cebu is suing Saint Theresa’s College, an exclusive Catholic girls’ school, after school authorities decreed that she banned from attending her high school graduation ceremony because she posted a Facebook picture of herself in a bikini. (Note: The girl is not identified by name in any of the reports about the issue.)

 

The report noted that the girl’s family filed a civil suit at a Cebu court on Tuesday, March 27, claiming that teenager had "suffered sleepless nights" since being punished. However, the school’s representatives said that penalty being imposed on the girl was justified since she had allegedly broken a rule that forbids students from posting pictures online that show "ample body exposure."

 

Meanwhile, Inquirer.net reported, "The girl’s lawyer Atty. Enrique Lacerna said the girl was photographed in a ’family-related outing’ and was ’not given a chance to answer the allegations’ when she was meted the sanctions in a notice last March 1."

 

According to Inquirer.net, Regional Trial Court Judge Wilfredo Navarro has ordered St. Theresa’s College to show him a copy of the photos and the Student Handbook. The report quoted Navarro, who said, "I will have my own standards on whether or not it is lewd."

 

Cebu Daily News reports that Navarro is set to give his ruling on Thursday, March 29. The report also noted that "four other female students executed an affidavit against the school officials after they were also prohibited from attending the ceremonies."

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For more on this story, log on to ABS-CBNNews.com, Inquirer.net, and Cebu Daily News.

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