A Catholic boy's school in Adelaide has been forced to cover a recently erected statue after it caused a social media furore.
The Adelaide Advertiser reports the statue was unveiled in November at Blackfriars Priory School, but only lasted a week before being covered.
Designed in Vietnam the stature shows a young boy kneeling at the foot of a saint as he is fed bread.
It was featured on the Instagram page S**tAdelaide where commenters were less than complimentary.
One commenter called it a mix of hilarious and disturbing, while several drew connections between the seemingly suggestive statue and allegations of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.
The school has said the statue will be redesigned, and apologised for any offence caused.
"As a consequence, the statue was immediately covered and a local sculptor has been commissioned to re-design it," said principal Simon Cobiac.
"The school apologises for any concerns and publicity generated by this matter and is taking action to substantially alter the statue."