updated 1/6/2011 7:47:10 PM ET
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KANSAS CITY, Kansas – 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.
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