Nex Benedict’s death spurs student walkout at his Oklahoma high school over anti-LGBTQ+ bullying

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02/27/2024

Students walked out Monday at Owasso High School in Oklahoma to protest bullying against LGBTQ+ students, and show solidarity with the local queer community after the tragic death of student Nex Benedict. Benedict, who was 16 and had Indigenous hertiage, had reported being bullied for months before he was involved in a physical confrontation in a school restroom with three older girls on February 7. The teen told law enforcement that the girls “jumped” him and his friend “because of the way that we dressed.” Benedict then died on February 8 after being transported to a hospital following a medical emergency at home. “Our children are scared to death and go to school every day, and something has to stop,” Owasso parent Susie Eubank told local news station KTUL. “My child has had direct threats. Direct derogatory names.”

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