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LostOne4Ever

(9,286 posts)
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 09:09 PM Feb 20

Oklahoma transgender student dies after allegedly assaulted by students at school

Oklahoma transgender student dies after allegedly assaulted by students at school

There's an outcry in Oklahoma after the death of a transgender student that has sparked demands for answers.
CHRISTOPHER WIGGINS
FEBRUARY 20 2024 12:56 PM EST


In Oklahoma, the death of a transgender student after they were assaulted in a school bathroom has sparked widespread outrage and sorrow. Nex Benedict, a sophomore at Owasso High School, was brutally beaten by other students earlier this month and died the following day. The incident has drawn national attention, with many attributing the violent act to a culture of transphobia they say is being stoked by state officials.

The assault on Benedict, 16, happened on February 7, when three older girls attacked them in the girls’ bathroom, Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH reports. A teacher intervened to stop the fight. Staff didn't call an ambulance, the outlet noted.

Benedict's grandmother, who was their guardian, took the teenager to the hospital that day. They went back the next day after Benedict became ill. Benedict died that evening.

The grandmother, Sue Benedict, toldThe Independent that her child had been the subject of months of intensifying bullying that began earlier in 2023 after Oklahoma’s Republican-led government banned transgender students from using school bathrooms that align with their gender identity.

“I didn’t know how bad it had gotten,” she told the outlet.
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More at link:

https://www.advocate.com/news/transgender-student-death-raichik-walters

Rest in power, rest in peace little one
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Oklahoma transgender student dies after allegedly assaulted by students at school (Original Post) LostOne4Ever Feb 20 OP
Terrible, terrible story. lapucelle Feb 20 #1
Kick. Eko Feb 20 #2
Incredible. I hope there can be a massive lawsuit against the school. That seems to be RKP5637 Feb 20 #3
not sure abou the level of complicity with the school stopdiggin Feb 20 #5
"Not sure about the level of complicity..." BootOutTheGoons Feb 20 #8
what I'm trying to get at here stopdiggin Feb 21 #11
This kid went to school one morning alive and sustained a beating that led to their death BootOutTheGoons Feb 21 #12
you seem to have decided that my comments stopdiggin Feb 21 #13
The fascists Chi67 Feb 20 #4
Chaya Raichik needs to have her nose punched into her head vercetti2021 Feb 20 #6
I sure hope the three older girls get tried as adults for murder with a hate crime enhancement. LoisB Feb 20 #7
This is awful. progressoid Feb 21 #9
I have no words, it breaks my heart wendyb-NC Feb 21 #10
Rest in peace, Nex Benedict! pazzyanne Feb 21 #14

RKP5637

(67,095 posts)
3. Incredible. I hope there can be a massive lawsuit against the school. That seems to be
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 09:30 PM
Feb 20

all these creatures understand.

stopdiggin

(11,275 posts)
5. not sure abou the level of complicity with the school
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 09:53 PM
Feb 20

(perhaps with the consistent bullying? possible, if reported and recognized.)
But it kind of sounds like the transphobia is being driven by elected state officials?

And as for this child's injuries - she was taken by guardian to hospital. Released. Then returned the next day. Would school staff be more culpable than medical professionals at discerning serious injury?
(maybe I haven't seen the most complete account of how this all went down?)

BootOutTheGoons

(199 posts)
8. "Not sure about the level of complicity..."
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 11:18 PM
Feb 20

A student goes to school alive and well. They endure a severe beating, and the injuries from that beating cause them to die the next day

If this was an isolated incident it's bad enough: a student has died. If there's been a history prior to this, that only makes it worse

They flat-out failed to protect a student. Fuck yes find the school liable

Worst of all is once again the "protect children" crowd failed to protect a child all because they weren't the right kind of child

stopdiggin

(11,275 posts)
11. what I'm trying to get at here
Wed Feb 21, 2024, 02:16 AM
Feb 21

is not so much liability (although I think that is another discussion that could bear threshing out)
As questioning the premise borne in your last sentence

"Worst of all is once again the "protect children" crowd failed to protect a child all because they weren't the right kind of child "

I'm not sure that the teachers and school system are at all on board with the, as you put it, "wrong kind of child" hysteria and witch hunt. Most educators that I'm familiar with have very little time for this sort of crap. And in fact, are thoroughly heartsick that this noxious nonsense is making it's way into their schools. As I tried to point to in my post - the genesis for this garbage being crammed down their throats - is the Governor and the Mom's for Liberty wackos. And almost certainly not the teachers. (at least none that I've run across) (and I'd be sincerely surprised to find the teacher's union is fostering this ugliness. you?)

BootOutTheGoons

(199 posts)
12. This kid went to school one morning alive and sustained a beating that led to their death
Wed Feb 21, 2024, 02:37 AM
Feb 21

I wish you were as concerned about that as you are trying to protect this school from their failure to ensure the safety of their students

Especially since their failure has now caused a 16 year old to have their future and life taken from them

stopdiggin

(11,275 posts)
13. you seem to have decided that my comments
Wed Feb 21, 2024, 03:00 AM
Feb 21

preclude any measure of sympathy or concern for the victim in this case. That wasn't ever the intent, and I'm sorry you came away with that impression.

I will allow that I have rarely encountered an educator (of any stripe) that wouldn't be absolutely heart-stricken should anything even remotely like this take place on their watch. And so - stand by that part of my previous posts. In my experience, beating up on the schools (or the teachers) is generally neither very productive - nor, in most cases, really even effectively targeting the true problems.
(and I suspect - while admittedly not having a great deal of detail to work with - that this might also be such a case)

Chi67

(1,064 posts)
4. The fascists
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 09:38 PM
Feb 20

...in that state are responsible. All they do is promote hate in Oklahoma. This is the result.

vercetti2021

(10,156 posts)
6. Chaya Raichik needs to have her nose punched into her head
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 10:01 PM
Feb 20

That fucking witch is the root of all this shit along with the GOP in Okie Dokie shit hole Homa.

LoisB

(7,190 posts)
7. I sure hope the three older girls get tried as adults for murder with a hate crime enhancement.
Tue Feb 20, 2024, 10:17 PM
Feb 20

Rest in peace sweet Nex. I am so sorry there are so many ignorant asswipes in the world.

wendyb-NC

(3,316 posts)
10. I have no words, it breaks my heart
Wed Feb 21, 2024, 12:48 AM
Feb 21

We have the gop state legislatures with their Anti-Trans, and don't say gay, legislation. Working hard to stigmatize our young people, who are Trans and lgbtq+. This type of fixation on on others peoples personal lives, and things that these legislators can't get their warped brains to comprehend, act to delegitimize through legislation the inherent dignity, self determination, richness of being and experience that Trans people have. It's a cruel, non beneficial activity, that these legislators are embracing, and making into law, seeking to marginalize certain citizens.

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