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Levi’s Love – Chapter 13: David

AUTHOR: Francesco Nassimbeni

PUBLISHER: FunDza Literacy Trust

LANGUAGE: English

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from: David Matiwane
to: Levi Sekgapane
date: 6 November 2016 at 13:03
subject: Re: news from Levi

Dude I am so glad you r safe. I’ve been worried bro.

Songezo got expelled. Mdu has been suspended. They picked a fight with me yesterday.

Songezo was like “Why are you calling me a coward?”

I was like, “You fear gays.”

He shouted, “I don’t fear them, stupid. I hate them.”

“Looks like the same thing to me,” I said, and everyone around us laughed.

Songezo swore, and started threatening me, but I could see he had no cards in his hand to play; we beat him. He’s left the school. I think he’s also going to get some reprimand, like the school is sending him to, I don’t know, some kind of community service I think. Hopefully he falls off a cliff. What a tool. He’s a moron. You don’t have to be scared of him, dude.

If he ever threatens u again I’ll knock his kop off. OK?

Something so cool happened this morning. The principal made a speech in assembly. I wish you’d been there.

He was like, “It has come to the attention of the staff that there have been instances of violent bullying against students because of their sexual orientation or preferences. May we as a school remind you that discrimination and victimisation of people because of their race, religion, or sexual orientation is against the Constitution and will not be tolerated.”

A lot of people clapped. Mrs Tshinga stood up and clapped extra loud. A couple of students were angry and left the assembly, but they were only a few, bru.

This incident of you being beaten up and driven away … it’s affected the school mood, dude. Everyone is asking me where you are and if you’re safe and how they can help, and when you’re coming back, saying you can go live in their spare room, they’ll stand up for you, it’s been … dude, you’ve changed everything.

Things are going to be different now. Hey, I wanted to tell you. Come back. Serious.

You’ll be OK. We’ll be OK. School will be OK.

I’m here for you. You can rely on me dude.

DAVID

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Tell us: Is your school a safe space for LGBTI people? Why or why not?

9 Responses

  1. In My Skuul They Are But U Hardly See Them, Cz Opposite Sex Is Prohibited In My Counjry Nigeria

    Oldpetyor
    25 Feb 2017 at 00:19
  2. Ay to be honest not at all da is no grace out there to my school even communuty themself feels no pity for such people while being discriminated agains nor teachers

    Thato
    19 Jan 2017 at 22:28
  3. yes it’s safe we treat each other equally and we also have gay’s at school and no one who have a problem about that

    PhiLlip
    13 Jan 2017 at 11:10
  4. There are lot pf people who qre gays in my school. And they are really treated badly except being beaten but they dnt care.

    bongumusa
    11 Jan 2017 at 10:15
  5. David is EVERYTHING.

    boipelo
    2 Jan 2017 at 06:06
  6. Yes becoz we treat everybody in an same way

    sandra
    31 Dec 2016 at 15:01
  7. Yes, It Is A Safe Place For LGBTI People.

    I Guess It Goes With The Fact That They Know That Any Form Of Discrimination Against Anybody’s Sexual Orientation Is Against The Law

    Or Its Because They Don’t Have Time For Other Peoples Private Life

    Andile
    31 Dec 2016 at 01:41
  8. It’s safe cause there hasn’t been a case in which a gay or lesbian person has been mistreated.

    And I personally love gays and lesbians.

    Ontlametse
    30 Dec 2016 at 14:23
  9. Well during school days I was lucky enough cz I was at Boding school @MANDELA BAY in the cape ,we had plenty of LGBI cz it was a antiracial school ,I used to avoid them just because they OVERREACTS ALOT OF BEING THAT GENDER EVEN CONVERSATIONS I FIND IT FUNNY AND BORING

    BUT Now I’m IN DURBAN IT A DIFFERENT STORY

    @FLOW-PRO 🐝🐝🐝 AKA punch 👊To the punctual

    Flow-pro
    30 Dec 2016 at 13:53

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