Student Banned From Graduation Due To Facebook Photo

    March 29, 2012

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.