Laurence Jackson School in Guisborough, just outside of Middlesborough, placed seven censor stickers on the artwork which showed women kissing each other. Officials at the school claimed that they covered the “sexually explicit” art not to upset other students, but the artist herself believes she was discrminated against. The work, which was given a B grade, showed women holding hands, kissing and some partial nudity. The Pride flag breaks up the piece which the 16-year-old creator believes to be a massage of exploration for those whop are usually left behind. “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,” said the student. A spokesperson for the school has since admitted that the move may have been “overzealous” but that any “sexually explicit” images would have been censored regardless of the underlying messages of the work.