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Parents of boys punished by school over Facebook ‘kissing’ taking gripes to CHR


The parents of the boys who were punished by a Catholic school in Marikina City for posting photos on Facebook showing them “kissing” each other are taking their complaints to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

The six high school alumni of Infant Jesus Academy, who were listed as graduates but were not allowed to go onstage during the March 30 graduation rites, are still traumatized by what happened, according to Arlene Soleta, mother of one of the boys.

“My son lost his self-esteem. I could feel it while he was processing his college applications,” Soleta told the Inquirer Sunday.

Soleta said her son had been accepted to take up accounting in a university in Manila, but that she still had to assure him that he would not be rejected by his chosen university because of the issue at Infant Jesus.

“But the others were not as lucky. One was rejected by (a leading university) due to an unsatisfactory rating on moral conduct that the high school had given him,” she said.

Soleta noted that since March 30, nothing had happened to their complaint and even officials of the Department of Education had told them that punishing the boys was “the school’s prerogative.”

“Now, we’d like to ask the CHR’s help. We would like to meet (CHR chairperson) Etta Rosales on Monday,” she said.

“We want them (Infant Jesus officials) to apologize in public and tell our sons that what they did was all wrong,” she said.

Days before the graduation ceremonies, the school administration informed the boys’ parents that their children uploaded photos on Facebook showing them kissing each other and that the act was a violation of school rules.

The six boys, however, claimed that the photos were “fake and a product of a camera trick.”

In a similar case in Cebu, a Catholic school barred five girls from the graduation ceremonies because they had posed in bikinis for photos posted on Facebook. Complaints arising from the school’s decision have since reached a local court.

“Unlike the parents of the girls in Cebu, we don’t have money to hire a lawyer and keep the case moving,” Soleta said.

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  • indiosbravos2002

    They should just admit that the boys are gay. Nothing wrong with that.

    • Diepor

      You are right,but they have to marry to kiss . This according to teen Jesus officials .

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/LX3BKOQZBD5LEDCFCQ7UKX4TCU Luke Skywalker

        don’t!!! they will ruin your life if you do that.  they don’t think your future… only their rules.  they are saints and they have no sins.  they set and example…

  • Diepor

    Who came up with that name , infant Jesus college ? Why not ,baby , child ,adult or maybe teen Jesus college .

  • pedronimo

    If the “kissing” was merely photoshopped, then the boys can take up computer works in college because they were able to hoodwink their school head, No need to cry over spilled milk.

  • $5699914

    Are the parents hallucinating? Do you think CHR will give an ounce of attention to your problems? You are not members of any left-leaning, militant or noble workers union.
    You are not members of the NPA.
    You are not members of the CPP/NDF.
    It was not the military  nor the police who gave you this problem.
    So, pray tell, why would CHR help you in any way? They will not get media mileage if they do that.
    No media mileage, no advertisement for Rosales’ beloved ka-tropa and this would not translate into additional funds for their ‘noble cause’.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LX3BKOQZBD5LEDCFCQ7UKX4TCU Luke Skywalker

      galing ah!!! parang correct wahahaha… 

  • walt723

    Got owned by facebook lol

  • Premiere Care Management Speci

    Consequences ng actions nila yan.  In a way the kids have to be partly responsible for their actions.  The parents should just give it a rest and move on especially kung may college/university na na nakatanggap sa mga anak nila.  IJA has been like that since the 80′s.  Nuong araw bawal maglakwatsa sa Cubao or Greenhills na naka uniform – suspended pag di valid ang reason.  The students then took the policy seriously.  I guess mas may takot ang mga bata noon kaysa ngayon.  IJA kept up with their policy even in this fast evolving social networking world – very good!  Responsibility and Accountability go a thousand miles…

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