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Nex Benedict Should Be Alive

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.

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