Let’s Talk It Over: Saint Theresa’s College High School Graduation 2012
A week ago, Saint Theresa’s College was unknown to many. But right now, the school becomes popular in the whole Philippines, perhaps the whole wide world.
How it became popular?
The school apparently banned their students from attending graduation rites after they posted sexy bikini photos of themselves on their Facebook profile. Saint Theresa’s College in the central city of Cebu said the 16-year-old had broken a rule which bans posting Internet pictures that show “ample body exposure”, and barred the student from her graduation ceremony. (Source: ABS-CBNnews.com Cebu girl sues school over Facebook bikini photo punishment) That news was posted last March 28, 2012.
It caused sleepless nights over their children. The parents of course sued the school. Having this issue reviewed carefully, the court allowed these students to graduate. (Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/nation/regions/03/29/12/court-allows-bikini-clad-girl-fb-graduate)
Two days later… 29… 30… Yes, March 30. Graduation came. I read a headline Six students barred from attending graduation rites despite court order
Now this makes the school more popular.
Let’s Talk This Over
Saint Theresa’s College is a religious school. It is a conservative school. The school sets its own rules which guide their students in upholding the core values of the school. Having learned that, the students should abide or else? You know. lol
Okay we acknowledged that one of the rules is not to show sexy bikini photos on Facebook. Okay, they broke the rules. But do you think barring these students from attending their graduation is fair enough?
For me. That is too much. High School graduation is a once in a lifetime experience to enjoy… to share success with family and be happy… yet the school denied this once in a lifetime opportunity to them just because of that Facebook photos. This is not fair.
Wearing a bikini in a beach is acceptable but wearing a bikini inside the school grounds is of course the opposite: unacceptable. lols Where did the students wear their bikini? Also, a Facebook profile is meant to be personal. It is an outlet of expression.
So how does the school see their students now that they posted these sexy pictures? Does the school see them as sluts? as stupid? uwagan? borikat? bitch? unmodest? If they did, that would be too unChristian.
“Schools” should teach and not judge. Saint Theresa’s College caused a traumatic experience to these young students. Even if they think that they are holy and just but the truth is, the people behind that school are still human. Only God is holy and just. Unless, God tells them not to let these students graduate. Now religion makes it more complicated. lol
In the end, it already happened. The school mercilessly disallowed the students and their parents to attend the graduation ceremony. They were prevented from entering the school as if they were a total stranger. The parents are paying for the tuition fees after all.
The school acts like a robot with no taste of humanity. A rule is a rule perhaps.
I know God as my personal Lord and I believe He would choose to forgive these students and allow them to attend the graduation.
Okay having thought all of this issue, I was thinking of Shamcey Supsup. Didn’t she wear a bikini during the pageant? During her interview portion she was asked “Would you change your religious belief for the man you love?” Then she answered, ”If I had to change my religious beliefs, I would not marry the person that I love because the first person that I love is God who created me and I have my faith and my principles and this is what makes me who I am. And if that person loves me, he should love my God too” (Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/09/13/11/shamcey-supsup-it-was-dream-come-true)
Okay let us just say that Shamcey is a graduate of STC (which she really is not). Would the school be proud of her? I think not because she wore a bikini during her pageant. lols
Well, congratulations to all the graduates!