Κυριακή, 1 Απριλίου 2012

Boys banned from graduation over Facebook kiss.

Six boys in the Phillipines have been banned from attending their graduation after posting a gay kiss on Facebook.
The Marikina campus of the Infant Jesus Academy where the boys attended
Infact Jesus Academy, Marikina, website
Six teenage boys in the Philippines, aged between 16 and 17, have been banned from attending their graduation after posting a simulated gay kiss on Facebook wearing their school uniforms.
The senior high-school students, who are due to graduate on Friday from the Infant Jesus Academy in Marikina City, were told after officials discovered the photos that they are not allowed to join in the ceremony or receive their diplomas.
Although they will be officially recognised as graduates, and receive a certificate to allow them to contact universities, the school deemed their actions as inappropriate as they have strict bans against “any conduct inside or outside the campus which brings the student, his/her family and the school in disrepute.”
According to talks with local media, the boys tried to explain that it was merely a “camera trick”, but the highly religious officials decided to go ahead with punitive actions as they believed the boys conduct to be “damaging” to the school's reputation.
One of the boy's mothers contacted the local radio station, Radyo Inquirer, to seek help. Quoting that the school's chancellor, Peter Mallonga, regarded the diploma as “sacred”.
“For them, the school diploma is sacred. They will give it to the students as the punishment will not be for life. But it will take two years, three years, four years, even eight years.
“The officials said they [the boys] are not deserving as of the moment to receive their diplomas.”
The Philippines is a highly Catholic country with officials and church groups regularly campaigning against divorce and birth control.
Homosexual relations between two consenting adults in private is legal, however the GLBTI community is not provided with any Civil Rights Laws.

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