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Nex Benedict Should Be Alive

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Nonbinary teenager Nex Benedict’s Death Happened Right After A Beating Episode at SchoolOn February 8th, 16 year-old nonbinary Oklahoma resident, Nex Benedict, died** a day after being attacked and assaulted in their school bathroom.Nex was a member of the Choctaw Tribe.Nex enjoyed drawing, reading and playing video games.Nex loved their cat Zeus.Nex should be alive.The murder of Nex Benedict is devastating.The fact that the group assault of this child was carried out by other children is a chilling reminder of the influence adults hold over young minds.

When adults propagate extremist ideologies and fuel the spread of hate, it’s sadly not surprising that hate crimes ensue.Melanie Willingham-Jaggers (she/they), GLSEN’s Executive Director, released the following official statement about Nex Benedicts’ death.“We must name the role that individuals and legislation have played in this murder.Nex’s life was taken due to anti-trans hatred peddled by State Superintendent Ryan Walters, Chaya Raichik (Libs of TikTok) and extremist state legislators.

These adults must be held accountable for their actions and words. Hate speech, especially when enshrined into law as demonstrated by Oklahoma’s transphobic bathroom ban, not only brainwashes children to commit atrocious acts of violence but also desensitizes the adults in their environment, fostering a culture of callousness and disregard for human life.The tragic reality is that the youth who inflicted fatal injuries upon Nex were indoctrinated by fear and instilled with hatred of trans individuals.

This indoctrination was so potent that they felt justified in carrying out a deadly assault on their peer in a school bathroom.All children should be able to go to school and come home alive. Trans, non-binary and queer kids should be able to go to school and come home alive.

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