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Prosecutors Won’t Press charges in Teen’s Death

A Tulsa County district attorney said that no charges will be filed in the fight that took place in the bathroom of an Oklahoma high school last month and involved 16-year-old Nex Benedict, whose death the following day was ruled a suicide. District attorney Stephen A. Kunzweiler released a statement on his decision Thursday after reviewing the Owasso police’s investigation into Benedict’s death and the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s report, per the Associated Press. “When I review a report and make a decision…

School District Under Investigation by Education Dept

The Department of Education has launched an investigation into the death of Oklahoma teenager Nex Benedict, who died on Feb. 6 — one day after getting into a fight in the school’s girls bathroom. Friends and family said Benedict, who was 16 years old, used he and him pronouns as well as they and them pronouns. Relatives of the 10th-grader said Benedict had been bullied over their gender identity. His death has drawn national attention as activists and trans students have blamed the state’s antagonistic policies…

Trans Hate Online and the Violence It Sows

I have been thinking a lot about Nex Benedict, the 16-year-old transgender student who died on Feb. 8, a day after allegedly being assaulted in the restroom at Owasso High School in Oklahoma. Although Nex’s death is still being investigated, his grandmother has said he had been bullied in the past for his identity. (Though early reporting identified him as gender nonbinary, his close friends have since told NBC News that he identified as trans and preferred he/him pronouns.) His death has also drawn scrutiny to…

Oklahoma Students Walk Out Over Trans Student’s Death

Students at Oklahoma’s Owasso High School staged a walkout Monday, with 40 students leaving class to protest the death of former student Nex Benedict — and the bullying polices students believe caused Benedict’s death, NBC News reports. Previous reporting used they/them pronouns following statements from Benedict’s family that said the teen did not align with the gender binary. “Nex did not see themselves as male or female,” Benedict’s mother Sue Benedict told the Independent. “Nex saw themselves right down the…