Schoolgirls’ “lesbian kiss” sparks education ministry inquiry

A so-called Lesbian kiss between two 16-year-old schoolgirls in Vagos (Aveiro) has sparked extraordinary controversy, involving even members of parliament.

The nuts-and-bolts of the issue centres on whether or not the girls were “discriminated against” – when they were both reported to the school board by a janitor who “caught them”, reports Correio da Manhã.

Schoolmates have since organised a protest, holding up placards saying “No to homophobia”, and “No to Prejudice”.

As a friend told the paper: “Each one of us is how it is. We cannot and should not criticise”.

The school board has been “unavailable for comment”, while Bloco de Esquerda and PS MPs have been described as “demanding that the pupils who protested are not punished”.

The education ministry’s general inspectorate has meantime opened an inquiry, to determine whether this is a case of gender discrimination, or whether it is a simply disciplinary matter that for reasons of political-correctness seems to have been blown out of all proportion.

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