This student was bullied and kicked out of class for being gay
A student has been kicked out of his class for being gay.
The 20-year-old says he’d suffered months of bullying in the class, with the teacher regularly making fun of him.
Bheka Khanyile says the teacher would ask if he has a penis or a vagina during the taunts, mocking him for wearing make-up.
Khanyile said: “When she told me I should leave her class, I went straight home”.
The student studies office administration at a school in Durban, South Africa.
He said: “I have been patient with the abuse, but I just couldn’t cope.
“When she told me I should leave her class, I went straight home,” said Khanyile.
“He said the teacher had taunted him in front of other students, asking if he had a vagina or a penis.
“It has reached a point where I’ve had it.
“I have been patient with the name calling and the insults.
“This time it broke me down. I’ve been made a joke because of my sexuality.
“I have heard cleaners at the college laughing at me because I’m gay”.
The college has now been forced to investigate the teacher, after complaints were made
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South Africa is considered one of the most progressive places in the world for LGBT laws, however social attitudes frequently lag behind.
Equal Education deputy secretary Ntuthuzo Ndzomo said the college must account for the teacher’s behaviour, which was contrary to the Constitution.
“No school in South Africa is allowed to discriminate against a student because of sexuality.
“The student has a right to take the matter as far as the Human Rights Commission.
“Every student has a right to education regardless of sexuality.”