Officials at a Saudi Arabian school were fined approximately $26,600 after the rainbows painted on the building’s facade were found to be “emblems of homosexuality.”
Talaee Al-Noor International School’s lead administrator has been jailed following the fining, which BuzzFeed News points out is not being widely reported on in Saudi Arabia.
The bright-colored rainbows in question have since been painted over in blue.
The news of this antigay incident first broke last Friday when it was tweeted by the Saudi Society Channel, an account managed by the Saudi Arabian Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. Euronews reports that many critics consider that government agency the region’s so-called “religious police.”
هيئة الأمر بالمعروف والبلدية والأمارة تزيل الشعار وتغرم "مدرسة أجنبية"في الرياض بمبلغ١٠٠الف بعد وضعها شعار المثليين pic.twitter.com/sLTldRQ8yt
— قناة المجتمع السعودي (@ksa12300) July 17, 2015
Saudi Arabia, a traditionally conservative nation, has a notoriously intolerant track record when it comes to treatment of its LGBT citizens. Homosexuality is a crime punishable by death, by stoning. Just last year an alleged gay man was sentenced to 450 lashes and three years in jail after he was accused of tweeting out “immoral” photos and using the Internet to meet and connect with other men.