Court halts ban on stu­dents’ grad­u­a­tion

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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.

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