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Yet another one for the WTF files. A group of nursing students who posed with a placenta were kicked out of a Kansas City nursing program after one of the pictures surfaced on Facebook.

The four students took the usual TMI quotient typically found on Facebook and multiplied it 10-fold. According to The Kansas City Star, the group posed with the placenta while attending an off-site lab class at Olathe Medical Center in November. One of the students apparently asked if she could photograph the placenta to document her experience on Facebook.

The photo showed Doyle Byrnes smiling while wearing a lab coat and gloves and hovering over a placenta in a lab dish. Reports indicate that there was no information identifying the placenta or which woman it belonged to. It remained on Facebook for hours before Byrnes’ nursing instructor called and told her to take it down.

A day after posing and posting the picture, Byrnes and the other students were expelled from school.

An email from Jeanne Walsh, the director of Johnson County Community College’s nursing program, chastised Byrnes for her decision to snap the pic.

“Your demeanor and lack of professional behavior surrounding this event was considered a disruption to the learning environment and did not exemplify the professional behavior that we expect in the nursing program,” the letter said.

The group is suing the school for being dismissed from the college. The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to force the college to reinstate the group before classes begin on January 19.

According to The Associated Press, the lawsuit also alleges that the students were not at fault because their instructor said, “Oh, you girls,” when they took the photo, and did not inform them that they would face disciplinary actions as a result of posting the picture.

While the school asserts the students should have known better, Byrnes says her future is at stake.

“With this kind of black mark on her record, who knows whether she can enroll in another nursing school,” Clifford Cohen, Byrnes’ attorney, said. “Would she be able to get a job?”

No matter how this case ends, perhaps this will make some think twice before posting questionable photos and updates on their Facebook page.

Should the students be kicked out of school for posting the placenta picture? Sound Off!

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  • While the school asserts the students should have known better, Byrnes says her future is at stake.

    “With this kind of black mark on her record, who knows whether she can enroll in another nursing school,” Clifford Cohen, Byrnes’ attorney, said. “Would she be able to get a job?”

    LIES. LIES. LIES. If you have ever taken a lab class with human body parts (even if it’s just urine samples,) you have to take a HIPAA (privacy) class beforehand. The school/lab go into detail about privacy, generally belaboring the point. And lets use common sense here – body parts? on Facebook? No.
    Sadly, there was another case with med students posing with actual sedated patients, face & all on MySpace

  • DeePDX

    Bad judgment on the students AND their instructor’s part. Being kicked out is pretty harsh too.

  • Tae

    i would say that explusion is a little harsh. But putting that kind of picture on the internet?! That was a, for lack of a better word, stupid move kids. But since the instructor did not tell them that they would be severly punished for this, i think these students have a case….

  • shocking. yes.
    stupid. yes
    unprofessional. definitely.

    but i think expulsion is too heavy-handed.

  • Lyoness

    I just read an AP article and a federal judge ruled that the school went too far with expelling these young women and ordered the school to allow them back into the school and take their finals.

    I agree with the women only because:

    1.) They asked the professor FIRST and she didn’t give a definitive answer. They are students and she is the nursing professional. The teacher is responsible for the guidance of the students while in the classroom. They figured she would know. I don’t think anything happened to the professor.

    2.) They were dismissed from school without due process. When the professor heard/saw about the picture on FB, she contacted the student to remove the picture. The student did just that but was sent a letter saying she was expelled from school within the week. There was no panel or hearing to allow her to plead her case. There was no chance to appeal a decision. They usually have panels for students who vandalize school property or do something crazy or worse. Social media has been around for years now. I’m surprised this school doesn’t have some form of social media policy in the handbook.

    As someone who works in healthcare, I just think the nursing students thought what they were doing in their class was cool and wanted to share it. We need excited but responsible healthcare professionals. This whole thing got really blown out of proportion.