February 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm EDT | 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 is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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