News and resources on the death of Nex Benedict

In light of the death of Nex Benedict, a gender-expansive student in Oklahoma, the Trans Journalists Association has selected articles that fact-check outdated or false information and take thoughtful, nuanced approaches to contextualizing the tragedy.

  1. Fight hasn’t been ruled out as cause of Nex Benedict’s death, police say from NBC News (Feb. 27, 2024)
  2. Friends remember Nex Benedict, Oklahoma student who died after school fight, as ‘fiery kid’ from NBC News (Feb. 25, 2024)
  3. How ‘Libs of TikTok’ became a powerful presence in Oklahoma schools from The Washington Post (Feb. 24, 2024)
  4. Oklahoma student describes school fight the day before their death in new video from NBC News (Feb. 24, 2024)
  5. 'That Could Have Been Me': Queer Teens Mourn Nex Benedict from Rolling Stone (Feb. 23, 2024)
  6. Everything We Know About the Death of Nonbinary Oklahoma Teen Nex Benedict from them (Feb. 23, 2024)
  7. Nex Benedict’s death is an ‘awakening moment’ for parents of trans kids in Oklahoma from The 19th News (Feb. 22, 2024)
  8. Exclusive: Search warrant filed in Nex Benedict death, school searched for blood, records from The Oklahoman (Feb. 22, 2024)
  9. Oklahoma’s queer community mourns 16-year-old in state that leads the nation in anti-LGBTQ bills from NBC News (Feb. 22, 2024)
  10. Nex Benedict: Everything We Know About 16-Year-Old Oklahoma Student’s Death from Teen Vogue (Feb. 21, 2024)

We have also compiled general resources on understanding and reporting on violence against trans and nonbinary people.

The Education Writers Association offers a host of important resources on the ethics of interviewing students, as well as additional resources on covering stories about LGBTQ students.

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024 at 7:25 p.m. ET

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