Student expelled because of placenta photo

Dec. 31, 2010 at 11:43 AM
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A Kansas community college nursing student is trying to block her expulsion from school for posting a photo of herself and a human placenta on Facebook.

Doyle Byrnes, who expected to graduate in May and then begin work as a registered nurse, is seeking a federal injunction against Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, saying her earning potential is affected because of a "momentary lapse in judgment," The Kansas City Star reported Friday.

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court, said Byrnes was attending an off-site lab course Nov. 10 to examine a human placenta. Four women had themselves photographed with the placenta and Byrnes posted it on her Facebook page. The complaint said the instructor, JCCC nursing teacher Amber Delphia, did not expressly forbid the girls from taking the picture or tell them that doing so could result in disciplinary action.

Byrnes said the photo was on her Facebook page until Delphia called her and told her to remove it, which she did. The student said she asked if she was in trouble and Delphia replied she was not, the lawsuit says.

All four women who had pictures taken with the placenta were expelled, the complaint said.

Clifford Cohen, Byrnes's attorney, said his client was denied due process and the school's code of conduct did not address photographs or social media.

Cohen said Byrnes's compliant includes a letter she wrote to Jeanne Walsh, the school's nursing director, asking for leniency and apologizing for her actions.

The school indicated it would consider readmitting Byrnes next fall, but Cohen said his client was seeking the injunction so she could return to class in January after winter break because she is getting married in the summer and plans to move out of state.

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