Neal Hovelmeier, deputy head for St John’s College’s sixth form has resigned after death threats and pressure from parents. Neal came out to his students last week.
Some parents threatened legal action against him on the basis that homosexual acts are illegal in Zimbabwe. The parents cited the country’s Section 73 criminal law that criminalises gay sex and said that they, therefore, reserved “a right to place criminal charges against the St Johns Deputy head.
The teacher, who worked in the elite school for 15 years, apologised for the distress caused by revealing his sexuality, saying it has since led to death threats as well as threats of physical danger to himself and his pets
I will not submit myself to a sham trial. I have come to realise that my current position as deputy headmaster is now untenable.
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