School in Russia scrutinized by authorities for gay propaganda following Valentine’s Day activity

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A school in Russia has been accused of promoting gay propaganda on February 14 following complaints from parents who were upset that their children were receiving Valentine’s Day cards from kids of the same gender.

In celebration of the holiday, a teacher in Smolensk, a city in western Russia, allowed her class of seven and eight-year-old students to make cards to each other, without regard as to whether they were given to boys or girls.

The authorities are now looking at potentially charging the school due to parents who were “shocked” and phoned the school to complain. Parents reportedly informed the authorities as well as the Department of Education of the classroom festivities, claiming the school was guilty of gay propaganda.

“I talked to the teacher involved in the incident,” Galina Kazakova, the headmistress of the school, told local media. “She said if children are told to make greeting cards for their parents on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, then they should make greeting cards for their friends on Valentine’s Day.

“The teacher insists there should not be a different attitude to this holiday. We are looking into the incident.”

Earlier this month, a 14-year-old Russian girl became the first youth to be punished under the anti-gay propaganda law. According to a report by Znak.com in November 2013, the ninth grader “openly declared herself to be a person of nontraditional sexual orientation,” the local minors’ commission said.

The teen stood up in class, angry with the new federal law, and came out to her classmates. During this time, the commission said the girl “disseminated information aimed at forming a distorted picture among juveniles of the social equality of traditional and nontraditional sexual relations.”

The young girl was suspended and although the incident was supposedly put on her criminal record, outlets such as Pink News have reported that she was not charged.

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