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6 Boys May Not Graduate Over Facebook Kiss Photos

Filipino students called 'sluts,' denied diplomas over kissing photos
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2012 1:00 AM CDT
Court Rejects Graduation Ban for Facebook Bikini Pics
March is the month of graduation festivities nationwide in Philippines - if school officials don't spot racy Facebook photos.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Some of the stricter Catholic school principals in the Philippines have taken to going through students' Facebook pages—and they're not liking what they see. But a court has overturned one school's decision to ban five girls from high school graduation ceremonies because they posed for photos in bikinis at a beach party, AP reports. School officials accused the five of "engaging in immoral, indecent, obscene or lewd acts," and they were summoned before the principal and called "sluts," their lawyer says.

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The judge slammed school officials for calling the girls "inappropriate names," and ruled that barring them from graduation ceremonies "would indeed be most un-Christian if not entirely inhuman." At another high school, officials say that they are going to withhold the diplomas of six boys because of Facebook photos in which they appear to be kissing. A Department of Education officer says the boys told him they took prank photos that made it look like their lips were touching, and they shared them by accident. (Read more Philippines stories.)

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