Nex Benedict: Oklahoma non-binary student, 16, killed by haters for being different

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Nex Benedict sadly lost their life following the alleged ordeal. —GoFundMe
Nex Benedict sadly lost their life following the alleged ordeal. —GoFundMe

A 16-year-old non-binary student, Nex Benedict, reportedly succumbed to injuries a day after an alleged assault at an Oklahoma school on February 7, The Pink News reported.

The Owasso Police Department, alerted by Nex's adoptive grandmother Sue Benedict, initiated an investigation into the reported altercation, which took place in a school bathroom.

Details reveal that Nex was rushed to Bailey Medical Center, Tulsa County, on two occasions – the first following the alleged fight and the second leading to their tragic demise due to a subsequent medical incident. 

The police clarified uncertainty regarding the connection between the two incidents. Sue Benedict asserted that Nex was attacked by three older girls, resulting in head injuries.

The Owasso Police Department, led by Chief Dan Yancey, expressed concern over the incident and assured a thorough investigation. Sue claimed the school did not promptly inform the police or call for medical assistance, instead suspending Nex for two weeks. The police pledged to interview school staff and students while awaiting autopsy results.

Nex, reportedly subjected to bullying since 2023, faced additional challenges due to the anti-trans bathroom bill signed by Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and targeted harassment against a supportive teacher. 

LGBTQ+ advocacy group Freedom Oklahoma labelled Nex's death a "hate crime," condemning the state's divisive rhetoric. The investigation continues with condolences extended to Nex's family and the community by the Owasso Police Department.