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.