Court halts ban on students’ graduation
MANILA | A Philippine court on Thursday ordered a Catholic girls school to allow five students to attend graduation ceremonies after they were barred over photos on Facebook that showed them wearing bikinis.
Judge Wilfredo Navarro of central Cebu City issued a restraining order against St. Theresa’s College High School, calling its decision to ban the students from Friday afternoon’s ceremonies un-christian and unlawful.
School officials took action against the girls for what they called “engaging in immoral, indecent, obscene or lewd acts,” according to court records. They allowed the students to graduate but not participate in activities or ceremonies.
The judge ordered the school to allow the girls to join the graduates’ procession. The school declined to comment but asked the court to reconsider on Friday morning.