Why wouldn't Cherry go visit Johnny in "The Outsiders"?

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In Chapter 4 of “The Outsiders”, Johnny Cade stabs and kills Bob, Cherry Valance’s boyfriend, because he was drowning and trying to kill his best friend Ponyboy Curtis.  Later on in the novel, Johnny ends up in the hospital with severe burn wounds and other injuries because he saved a group of school children from the burning church.  While he is in the hospital, Cherry meets with Ponyboy to give him information about the upcoming rumble and Cherry tells Ponyboy that she can not visit Johnny because he is the person who killed Bob.  She continues this by explaining to Ponyboy what kind of person Bob was and that no one really knew Bob the way that Cherry did.

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