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Death of a non-binary student harassed in the United States: the government opens an investigation

2024-03-02T21:44:22.711Z

Highlights: Nex Benedict died on February 8, a day after an altercation in the girls' restroom at his high school in Owasso, Oklahoma. The 16-year-old used the gender-neutral pronoun "he" but also the masculine "he," the New York reported Times, citing friends of the student. Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reported that Nex suffered “violent and repeated head trauma during the attack” The Ministry of Education announced on Friday an “investigation” targeting local school authorities to determine whether they had “responded appropriately to accusations of harassment based on sex”


Nex Bennedict died on February 8, the day after an altercation in the girls' bathroom at his high school. The Ministry of Education


The consequence of school harassment based on sex?

The US Department of Education has opened an investigation into the death of a 16-year-old student who identifies as non-binary, with LGBT+ rights organizations denouncing a case of “harassment and discrimination” ignored by the school.

Nex Benedict, who died Feb. 8, a day after an altercation in the girls' restroom at his high school in Owasso, Oklahoma, used the gender-neutral pronoun "he" but also the masculine "he," the New York reported Times, citing friends of the student.

The causes of death are not yet known.

But the NGO Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reported that Nex suffered “violent and repeated head trauma during the attack”.

UPDATE: HRC President @KelleyJRobinson's formal complaint to the @usedgov has triggered an investigation into Owasso Public Schools and its failure to respond to bullying and harassment that may have contributed to Nex Benedict's tragic death.

➡️ https://t.co/s5TCAHaVxq pic.twitter.com/oEAPvTQxRN

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 1, 2024

In a video released last week by police and filmed at the hospital, Nex Benedict tells an officer that he threw water at three girls who were insulting him because of his clothing.

Nex Benedict and the three other students then fought.

Nex Benedict gives their interview to the police in the hospital pic.twitter.com/li49UAJZtz

— DNC SOROS FED PLANT (@ChangeTheSyst14) February 24, 2024

Nex Benedict "died shortly after being brutally attacked in his high school in Oklahoma", a conservative state in the south of the United States, the HRC association denounced on February 21, in a letter asking the Ministry of Education to launch investigations.

In response, he announced on Friday an “investigation” targeting local school authorities to determine whether they had “responded appropriately to accusations of harassment based on sex”.

HRC welcomed this announcement in a press release.

Relatives of Nex Benedict and the LGBT+ community of Oklahoma “are still waiting for answers following this tragic death,” said Kelley Robinson, president of the NGO, quoted in the press release.

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She called on the department to "act urgently to ensure justice for Nex and to ensure that all students at Owasso High School and all schools across Oklahoma are safe from bullying, harassment and discrimination”.

“Nex’s death is the natural consequence of a growing wave of hatred against LGBTQ+ people,” particularly in conservative states, HRC said in its February letter.

Citing his family, the NGO claims that the student began to be bullied after Oklahoma adopted a law prohibiting transgender and non-binary people from accessing bathrooms corresponding to their identity. which they refer to.

Source: leparis

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