Death of beaten Oklahoma nonbinary teen ruled a suicide

March 14, 2024

They died on Feb. 8, a day after their family reported Benedict was beaten by students in the girls' bathroom. The Human Rights Campaign reiterated its call for a thorough investigation and linked bullying and harassment to elevated suicide rates for LGBTQ youth. "Nex died one day after being beaten unconscious in a school bathroom, and following more than a year of bullying and harassment at school. Owasso Public Schools on Wednesday called Benedict's death "devastating" and offered counseling, but did not address the bullying accusations. Owasso police said in a statement that investigators had suspected suicide from the beginning but withheld comment pending the autopsy.