Student Banned From Graduation Due To Facebook Photo

    March 29, 2012
    Chad Sweely
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There have been a lot of stories in the press lately relating to schools and social media incidents with their students, such as the high school student who was expelled for saying the “F” word. Now, a similar story has been making the viral waves of a high school girl who will not graduate with her friends due to a photo of her in a bikini that was posted on Facebook.

In the Philippines, a Catholic high school made the decision to bar one of their students (name not released due to her being a minor) who posted a photo on Facebook of her in a bikini holding a cigarette and a bottle of liquor at a family outing. The reason that the school (St. Theresa’s College) made this decision was because it was against their teachings. According to St. Theresa’s student handbook, a section does state “posing and uploading pictures on the Internet that entail ample body exposure” does violate the school’s conduct.

With this decision, the student may still be allowed to graduate; however, she will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony with her fellow classmates. Because of this photo, four other girls who were involved also fell victim to the same decision.

Does she deserve this? Leave your opinion here.

This decision made by St. Theresa’s ended up in court after the girl’s mother ruled to have this fully negated. Another statement was made in court that the school had verbally labeled the girls as: disgusting, cheap, and drunkards. (Source: ZDNet).

There has been various reaction from the Twitter community about this story:

I heard over the taxi’s radio that a highschool girl almost did not graduate for posting a photo of her in bikini. How about that?(image) 8 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

So, there’s this Theresian who wasn’t allowed to graduate just because she wore a bikini on her FB Prof. Pic. How Shallow, STC.(image) 1 day ago via gladlyCast SMS ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Wait. So, if we wear a bikini, we can’t graduate? O.o I’m just askin’(image) 1 day ago via Twitter for Android ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Deym! Just bcoz student posted a photo of herself wearing bikini.The school doesn’t allow her to graduate.How insane & irrational is that?!(image) 8 hours ago via Twitter for Android ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

This whole issue with the girl who wasn’t allowed to graduate because of her bikini pictures. I don’t think it was really fair.(image) 8 hours ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Student not allowed to graduate because of her photos wearing bikini and posted in Facebook. Are we in the dark ages again?(image) 1 day ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

What is your opinion on this story? Do you think she should be allowed to graduate with her fellow classmates, or is this punishment what she really deserves? Please leave your reaction below in our comments section.

  • ms

    The School was so unfair they say that the girl violated some rules of the school, what ya think they are they also violated the rights of that girl. All OF US HAVE THE RIGHT TO EXPRESS OURSELVES we are in the NEW AGE of GENERATION NOW!!!!!!

    • Beep.

      For the record its “girls” and not girl.
      Its not only about the bikini. They were drinking beer and smoking.
      It was a party with friends and not with family.
      Its against the school rules. Nobody is above the law.
      Yes they violated some rules and violations have consequences.
      in other schools, they would actually expell you if you would do such a thing

      • foggy

        Rules..? u Really mean that?What about about child molestation by priest?covering up by the school and church?is that a part of their rules too?..showe.




  • gaah

    You guys don’t know the whole story and didn’t saw the picture. So stop hating STC like it’s unfair or so whatever.

  • p3tbu77

    catholic school..ha ha

  • anti

    First of all: Media has sugar coated and concealed the whole story.
    It wasn’t just a bikini. The said pictures that were posted was a beach party of a friend(not a family) and the girl was not just drinking and smoking..but exposed her making out with several guys and exposed a part of her pubic hair. Months befire her graduation, it was reported that she stripped off her clothes in a public street party, dancing…wearing only a bra. In the philippines, especially for a catholic school student. this is a major offense. she’s lucky enough to graduate…most often, students are expelled and or advised to transfer. BEFORE YOU GUYS judge the INSTITUTION! take a look at the younger generations,,,they should all be reprimanded. they’re out f control

  • Philip Limsi

    I would like to enroll my daughter to Stc, as a parent I think the school must impose discipline… If you can’t toe the line then get out,!

    • secret

      go and enroll yer daughter to a school w/c forbids a persons right for self expression, just because a person wore bikini doesnt make her less of a person, what do you expect her to wear on a beach? a long gown? haha. we cant deny the fact that most people after graduating from a catholic school and get forbidden by all these, end up catching all their lifetime doing things w/c they didn’t experience.

  • Yo

    It wasn’t just about the bikini. It was about the cigarette, alcohol and the behavior of it all..and they’re just minors for crying out loud. Who in the right mind wouldn’t give equivalent punishment for this? They deserved it. They should’ve known better. The school has its vision, mission and corresponding rules and regulations and they clearly violated it. I think Media has really exaggerated the whole issue.

  • Tobiodarpsxoxo

    Please get your facts right. It is not only about the bikini. Have you people forgotten about the beer and the cigarette? It has been in the student handbook that posting pictures like these to the net is not allowed. Once you enroll your kids to STC, it means you must follow the rules and regulations of the school. Rules are expected to be tight since it is a catholic school. plus it wasnt a family gathering. It was a party with friends. (another sugar-coated article) I hate the way they made the school look like heartless criminals. Stop hating the STC if you don’t know the whole story.

  • http://www.taxisinfalmouth.com martyn

    Hopefully as the world continues to get smaller, humans will become a little more broad minded.