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Third Suicide in Four Months at High School
in Pretoria, South Africa

Third Suicide in Four Months at High School
in Pretoria, South Africa

by Kevin Caruso

July 21, 2004

Daniel Venter, 16, of Centurion High School in Pretoria, South Africa, died by suicide on July 20 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Heidi Botha and Kobus Geyser, both 14, also Centurion High students, died by suicide within the last four months.

The suicides have caused great distress to the students, and actions are being taken by the school to help students cope with the trauma.

A peer-support training program has been implemented as well as a "buddy system." The buddy system is designed to help teachers and students spot anyone at the school who is depressed so they may receive help.


Suicide has been on the rise in South Africa. Please click below for additonal information:

Suicide on the Rise in South Africa

The toll-free suicide hotline in South Aftica is 0800-567-567.


All schools need a suicide prevention program.

You may obtain a free program by clicking below.

Free Suicide Prevention Program for Schools

Please implement a suicide prevention program at you school today. Suicide prevention is always urgent.

Thank you.

If you or someone you know is suicidal, please go to the Home Page of this website for immediate help.

Thank you.

I love you.

Take care,

Kevin Caruso

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