A junior college in suburban Kansas City is defending its decision to kick out four students who posed for photos with a human placenta.
One of the students, Doyle Byrnes, is seeking a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to force Johnson County Community College to reinstate her before classes resume Jan. 19. She had posted one of the photos on Facebook.
The school has said the students could seek readmission in the fall and finish the program a year later in May 2012. But Byrnes is getting married in August and had planned to move to Virginia with her husband and work there as a registered nurse.
The Daily Mail offers more details:
Miss Byrnes and several other students were attending a lab course at Olathe Medical Center in November when one of them asked a nursing instructor for permission to photograph the placenta so they could share the experience on the social networking site.
The lawsuit against the college and several of its employees said that the instructor replied 'oh you girls', but did not tell them not to do it or that it could result in discipline.
Miss Byrnes then posted the photo on Facebook in which she can be seen smiling broadly, wearing a lab coat and surgical gloves and leaning over the placenta in a tray.
Nothing in the image identifies the woman from whom the placenta originally came.
The photo was posted on her page for three hours until the nursing instructor called her and told her to take it down.
The college's lead attorney, Mark Ferguson, said in an e-mail Sunday that she should accept the consequences of her actions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
The controversial picture can be seen here.