February 20, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Pistorius removed from bullying campaign

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Organizers of an anti-bullying campaign have removed an Olympic sprinter from it after he allegedly shot and killed his supermodel girlfriend.

Oscar Pistorius is among the South African celebrities who recorded videos for “It Gets Better, South Africa” that was to have been shown on Wednesday at the Cape Town Holocaust Centre. The Herald newspaper reported the double amputee said, “Just remember that you’re special. You don’t have to worry. You don’t have to change. Take a deep breath and remember ‘it will get better.’”

Prosecutors contend Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkemp inside his Pretoria home on Feb. 14. The sprinter’s lawyers contend he mistakenly shot his girlfriend while she was in the bathroom because he thought she was an intruder, but he has been charged with premeditated murder.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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