Death of transgender student Nex Benedict ruled suicide by medical examiner

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The decease of Oklahoma student Nex Benedict has been ruled a suicide, according to a aesculapian examiner’s study released Wednesday. 

The 16-year-old, who was transgender and utilized he and they pronouns, according to friends and family, died Feb. 8, a time aft a conflict astatine his school. His sanction has go a rallying outcry among LGBTQ activists, who reason that an onslaught of authorities targeting nan organization has made schools little safe for queer and trans students for illustration Nex. 

Nex had reportedly told his mother that he faced bullying astatine schoolhouse owed to his gender identity, and assemblage camera footage released past period by constabulary nan from hours pursuing nan schoolhouse conflict shows Nex lying successful a infirmary bed. In nan video, he tells a constabulary serviceman really 3 students “jumped” him aft he threw h2o connected them because they were bullying him and his friend for nan measurement they dressed.

The Owasso Police Department released preliminary accusation from an autopsy study connected Feb. 21 that they said shows Nex’s death was not nan consequence of trauma. Days later, a spokesperson for nan section clarified that nan fight had not been ruled out arsenic having contributed to aliases caused his death. 

An lawyer for nan Benedict family, Jacob Biby, and a spokesperson for Owasso Public Schools did not instantly respond to requests for comment.

If you aliases personification you cognize is successful crisis, call or text 988 to scope nan Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or chat unrecorded at 988lifeline.org. You tin besides visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional support.

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