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Nonbinary student Nex Benedict’s death was not caused by injuries from school fight: police

The death of 16-year-old non-binary student Nex Benedict was not caused by injuries sustained during a fight in the school bathroom the day before, authorities said Wednesday.

Owasso police say a preliminary autopsy report by the medical examiner’s office indicates the Oklahoma teen did not die from trauma.

Benedict, whose family identified as non-binary, died on February 8, a day after an argument that may have been sparked by bullying over his gender identity.


Police said 16-year-old non-binary student Nex Benedict’s death did not result from injuries sustained during a fight in the school bathroom the day before. AP

“At this time, further comment regarding the cause of death is pending pending the results of toxicology and other ancillary tests,” police said. “A formal autopsy report will be available at a later date.”

Police and Tulsa-area schools have not said what led to the brawl, but the boy’s family said there was harassment over his non-binary identity.

“While attending Owasso High School, Mr. Nex was attacked and assaulted in the bathroom by a group of other students,” the family said in a statement Wednesday through their attorneys.

“The very next day, Mr. and Mrs. Benedict’s beautiful child took their life.”

The investigation into the fight is ongoing, and police said they will submit their findings to the District Attorney’s Office to determine whether charges are warranted.


Benedict sent a message to his family about the fight.
Benedict sent a message to his family about the fight. benedict family

Benedict, who used they/them pronouns, was able to walk away from the bathroom fight on February 7, but was later taken to the hospital by his family and returned home that night.

The next day, police said the 16-year-old suffered a “medical emergency” and died after arriving at the hospital.

benedict’s mother told The Independent Her child suffered bruises all over her face after a second-grade student got into a fight with three older female students at Owasso High School.

According to police, two other students and a nearby staff member broke up the fight.

After the fight, Benedict was asked to go to the hospital, where he was interviewed by police.

According to reports, Benedict sent a message to his family about the fight. Reported by Fox23.

When asked what started the fight, the boy said he had been harassed at school.

“They were bullying me and my friends and I got fed up so I poured water on them and all three of them came after me. The school didn’t report it so they’ll probably get sued.” said one of the texts.

with post wire

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