[In the news] St. Theresa’s defends action -Cebu Daily News
St. Theresa’s defends action
Cebu Daily News
March 30, 2012
While St. Theresa’s College has “suffered a beating” in the public eye, school officials said they acted with “respect, kindness and civility” to the parents and five students who were not allowed to join yesterday’s high school commencement exercises.
School officials broke their silence last night in a press conference where they explained why and how they reached the decision to bar the students and their families.
To deprive the girls of the chance to march in the graduation rites would be “un-Christian” and “inhuman” said Regional Trial Court Judge Wilfredo Navarro in his earlier Temporary Restraining Order directed at the school.
Sr. Celeste Ma. Purisima Pe, high school principal and ICM directress, said it was unfair to say the school ignored its own procedures when it sanctioned the five girls.
The students, in a March 1 order, were barred from joining school activities which include the senior’s bash, graduation practices and the commencement rites.
The uproar over so-called “lewd” photos of the students in their Facebook account started in February, when other students called the faculty’s attention.
“It was brought to the school’s attention by students who were disturbed (by the photos),” said Lilu Aliño, Institutional Planning Officer.
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