Pupil’s fury after school puts ’censored’ stickers on art coursework showing girls kissing

A SCHOOL has been slammed for censoring GCSE artwork showing girls kissing.

Pupil Megan Angus, 16, accused teachers of homophobia after her "sexually explicit" drawings were slapped with "censored" stickers.

Laurence Jackson School in Guisborough, North Yorks, put seven "censored" stickers around the drawing, which showed girls kissing and holding hands in their underwear in front of the LGBT flag.

The school has apologised, admitting it may have been "overzealous".

But outraged Megan told Gazette Live: “I think it is homophobic.”

The teen, who has since left the school to work as a lifeguard, added: "I can’t see why they censored it.

"When you go to an art gallery, they don’t censor them there.

“I wanted my work to be shown how I left it.”

Explaining the drawing, which helped her land a B grade, she said: “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.”

School officials have dismissed claims the stickers and decision not to display the drawing were homophobic.

A spokesman said: “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.

“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.

“In retrospect, we may have been overzealous in censoring some images within the piece, and for that we apologise for any offence caused.”


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