A high school play featuring a lesbian kiss has provoked a row in Canada.

The principal of Handsworth Secondary told the school's drama teacher to take the scene out of the play Broken Theory after complaints from parents.

North Vancouver School Board chair Ginny Diebolt told CBC News: "High school plays must have a broad appeal to a broad range in the community.

"And I think there is an expectation in our community that if you go to a high school play that it is suitable for a broad range in the community."

But students involved in producing the play complain that axing the scene amounts to censorship and homophobia.