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Student’s art of two young men kissing stirs controversy at Canadian high school

A mural of two teens kissing was originally approved by the school principal was covered up following complaints. CBC

A mural of two teens kissing was originally approved by the school principal was covered up following complaints.CBC

A mural of two teens kissing was originally approved by the school principal was covered up following complaints.

ONOWAY, Alberta — A high school student’s mural of two young men kissing is causing some controversy at the small school north of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada.

The mural was approved in advance by both the principal and the art teacher at Onoway Jr/Sr High School before it went up in the hallway about one week ago, reports the CBC.

Kaela Wilton, 16, said she designed the mural to show support for people who are gay, or who are in the closet and afraid to come out.

The school has a long tradition of allowing art students to empress themselves on school walls.

But the school says that soon after the mural went up, it received complaints, although it did not indicate whether the complaints originated from students or parents. When students arrived at school last Thursday morning, the mural had been eclipsed by a bulletin board.

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Principal James Trodden, who originally approved the mural, said the school does not allow kissing in the hallways, therefore a mural that depicts kissing should not be allowed.

“At the time we should have put more thought into the bigger picture,” he said.

Trodden says Wilton’s mural was only covered up for a day, because students ripped the bulletin board down to reveal the mural by midday on Thursday. He said there would be further discussion with students, parents, and the community about what to do about it.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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