30 Mar '12, 9am

School punishes Filipino boys for Facebook kissing

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A Philippine Catholic school is witholding the diplomas of six high school boys who uploaded Facebook photos that appear to show them kissing one another, an education official said on Friday. A day earlier, a Philippine court rejected another Catholic school's decision to bar five girls from graduation ceremonies because they had posed in bikinis for photos posted on Facebook. The cases test the limits of privacy in a conservative Catholic nation that is also among the world's most prolific users of social networking sites. Department of Education officer Samuel Mergenio said the six boys told him they had taken prank photos to make it appear that their lips touched. One of the boys uploaded the pictures on Facebook and mistakenly made them available to others, Mr Mergenio said. The pictures were not taken at the boys' school, Infant Jesus Acade...

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