School censors student artwork showing same-sex couples

A school placed censor stickers on a student’s artwork which showed same-sex couples kissing.
Teachers stuck ‘censored’ stickers across Megan Angus’ ‘sexually explicit’ drawing.
The school say they did it so it would not upset young students.
Laurence Jackson School has apologized, saying the decision may have been ‘overzealous.’
The school is in Guisborough. This a town in North Yorkshire, which is in the north of England.
Angus believes the censoring of the painting is homophobic.
She posted a picture of the painting with the censors on it to Facebook.
He post read: ‘Can’t get more of a homophobic school than Laurence Jackson school sticking censored allover my work not getting my permission.
‘Not the first time for that school ruined my work I spent 40 hours on, thanks a lot.’
She left the school this summer after completing her final exams.
The 16-year-old returned to the school on Tuesday (9 January) to pick up her artwork.
This was when she found out teachers had quite literally censored her work.
Angus shared on Facebook that the stickers have ruined her painting.
She explained in a post:  ‘Yeah I didn’t stick them censored things on my work. They have and stuck them down with glue.
‘So the only way to get them off it to rip them off and it’ll take the paint off with it.’
The teenager left the school last summer, but was furious when she picked up her work – which helped her land a B grade – on Tuesday.
Angus said: ‘I can’t see why they censored it. When you go to an art gallery, they don’t censor them there.’
The painting shows pictures of women holding hands and kissing while in their underwear. The rainbow pride flag is in the background.
Angus explained : ‘We had to do an outsider piece and had five options. I did same sex relationships as they seem to be out of place in society.
‘I wanted to get across that it shouldn’t be frowned upon and it shows girls can be together. It is something I feel passionate about.’
The school has denied the decision to censor the work was homophobic.
Laurence Jackson School
A spokesperson for Laurence Jackson stated: ‘Due to the sexually explicit nature of some of the drawings in the student’s work, a censored strip of paper was Blu-tacked over these areas,
‘As a secondary school, we needed to be mindful of the impact this may have on younger students.
They continued : ‘This piece of art work contributed positively to the student achieving a good grade at GCSE.
‘In no way was she discouraged from producing work of this nature and her artistic talents were celebrated by our art department.’
‘Laurence Jackson School is in no way homophobic; sexually explicit images of any nature would have been censored if displayed,’ they added.
‘In retrospect, we may have been overzealous in censoring some images within the piece, and for that we apologize for any offense caused.’
Angus received a grade B for her work. She now works as a lifeguard.

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