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Kyrgyzstan city's schools ban Valentine's celebrations

Feb. 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

OSH, Kyrgyzstan, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Officials in a Kyrgyzstani city said they are banning Valentine's Day celebrations in schools because it "is a bad influence on children's morality."

Kushtarbek Kimsanov, head of the Osh city education department, said he ordered local principals to ensure the hallways remain clear of Valentine's card mailboxes during Friday's holiday, RIA Novosti reported Thursday.

"This holiday has never been celebrated in Kyrgyzstan's history," the 24.kg news agency quoted Kimsanov as saying. "The holiday of love is a bad influence on children's morality."

Kimsanov did not go into detail about how the holiday would affect the morality of children.

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