Teen suicides are a clarion call to protect queer children

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09/08/2022

The queer community is still reeling from the tragic death of Tiro Moalusi. The Soweto teenager took his own life on 16 August after he was allegedly humiliated by a student teacher because of his sexuality. The Gauteng department of education has suspended the accused student teacher amidst an investigation by a South African Council for Educators officer. This is not the first time a student has committed suicide this year after being bullied at school. For example, Lukhanyo Jongqo, a 14-year-old learner in the Eastern Cape, committed suicide in August after being bullied at school. Similarly, in June, Mpho Falithenjwa took his life after being constantly bullied at school. These deaths highlight the continued lack of safety and inclusion in South African schools for queer youths.

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