Megan Angus

School Censors High Schooler’s Artwork For Showing Two Women Kissing

"I wanted my work to be shown how I left it," said Megan Angus, 16.

A student art project was slapped with blue censor stickers and declared “sexually explicit” because it depicted a lesbian couple kissing.

Last week when 16-year-old old Megan Angus came by to pick up her assignment from Laurence Jackson School in North Yorkshire, England, she was stunned to see it had been covered up.

“I can’t see why they censored it,” Angus, who has since left Laurence Jackson, told Metro. “When you go to an art gallery, they don’t censor them there. I wanted my work to be shown how I left it.”

Students in her art class were tasked to create a work addressing an outsider community.

“I did same-sex relationships as they seem to be out of place in society,” she says. “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”

But administrators insist the decision not to display the work wasn’t homophobic.

“‘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,’ said a school spokesperson. “Sexually explicit images of any nature would have been censored if displayed.”

The rep did admit that “we may have been overzealous in censoring some images within the piece, and for that we apologize.”

Angus earned a B on the project, which took some 40 hours to complete.

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