Filipino student banned over Facebook bikini photo

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES (AP) - A Catholic school student has been banned from graduation ceremonies in the Philippines because a photo on her Facebook page shows her wearing a bikini while holding a cigarette and a liquor bottle.

Education Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali said Wednesday the department will investigate a complaint by the girl’s mother against the St. Theresa’s College High School in central Cebu City to determine whether the penalty was appropriate.

The girl will graduate but has been told she cannot join her classmates in the ceremonies. Reports say school policies allegedly violated involve immorality, exposure online and smoking and drinking.

A judge is expected to rule on the complaint before Friday’s graduation.

The girl’s lawyer says the picture was taken during a family outing. The school declined to comment.

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