POSTED: 6:16 pm CST January 6, 2011
UPDATED: 6:24 pm CST January 6, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A federal judge has ordered a northeast Kansas college to reinstate a nursing student who was booted out after posting photos of herself with a human placenta online.
Doyle Byrnes was one of four students kicked out of Johnson County Community College over the placenta photos. The college had said the students could seek readmission in the fall.
Byrnes went to court seeking reinstatement before classes resume Jan. 19.
After hearing from both sides Thursday, U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren ruled that Byrnes must be readmitted.
The college says it will also readmit the other three students.
College officials had argued the students’ actions were disruptive. The judge said the school’s response was more disruptive.
“We are disappointed with the court’s decision today,” said JCCC President Terry Calaway. “Of course, we’ll abide by the judge’s decision and readmit the student to the nursing program.
“The JCCC nursing program is widely known and respected for the quality of its instruction and its graduates. Sensitivity to patients and confidentiality of patient care is at the heart of what we teach. We took what we believed to be appropriate action, but the court saw the situation differently, so the student will be readmitted to the program.”