Bodycam footage revealed non-binary Nex Benedict’s account describing the attack by “bullies” in a school bathroom on an Oklahoma officer the day before his death.
The 21-minute interview, conducted at an Owasso hospital just two hours after the Feb. 7 fight, details the events leading up to the altercation, before Nex was released.
Officer Caleb Thompson spoke with the 16-year-old Oklahoma boy who died a day after he was involved in a fight that broke out in a high school bathroom, accompanied by his mother, Sue.
‘So what happened today?’ Officer Thompson asked.
“I was assaulted,” Nex responded, before Sue intervened and told the officer about Nex’s complaints about continued harassment.
Bodycam footage revealed non-binary Nex Benedict’s account describing the attack by ‘bullies’ in a school bathroom on an Oklahoma officer the day before his death.
The 21-minute interview, conducted at an Owasso hospital just two hours after the Feb. 7 fight, details the events leading up to the altercation, before Nex was released. Nex, 16, died Feb. 8, a day after he was attacked in a bathroom at Owasso Public High School.
‘[Nex] “Mom said, these three girls there, they’re making comments, they’re insulting us, they’re throwing things at us,” he said.
‘[Nex] he did it, until [they] “I couldn’t, in the bathroom,” Sue told the officer.
Nex then described the provocation, remembering how the girls ridiculed them before Nex poured water on them.
“They said something like ‘why are you laughing like that?’ and they were talking about us, in front of us,” Nex told Thompson. “So I went up and poured water on them and the three of them came towards me.”
Officer Thompson appeared to discourage Nex and his mother from pressing charges, warning them of potential legal ramifications for both parties involved.
He questioned Nex about his decision not to report the girls’ actions to school officials, to which Nex replies, “I didn’t see the point.” I told my mom.’
“You have freedom of speech,” the officer said. ‘The moment you threw water at them, you struck the first blow. It may not go in the direction you want.
“Unfortunately, badmouthing is freedom of expression,” the officer adds. “You can say mean, hurtful things all day and you should let them roll off your shoulder.”
Sue asked, “What’s wrong? Because there were three of them and (Nex) only poured water on one.”
Thompson argued that regardless of the girl’s actions, Nex started the fight, causing a ‘domino effect’ of events. He claimed both Nex and the girls as “victims” and “suspects.”
Thompson apparently discouraged Nex’s mother from pressing charges, claiming that both Nex and the girls who attacked them are “victims” and “suspects.”
Thompson argued that Nex started the fight by pouring water on the girls, causing a ‘domino effect’ of events.
The teen’s mother said Nex had been harassed since the start of the 2023 school year, just months after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bathroom ban bill, stipulating that students must use the bathroom that aligns with your biological sex.
Sue expresses her displeasure with the school’s handling of the situation and urges Thompson to ask about the delay in alerting authorities.
“I wasn’t notified right away,” Thompson said.
Sue said: “Those girls started it all over again.”
Earlier this week, Nex’s family announced they were launching their own investigation after autopsy results revealed the teen did not die from injuries sustained in a school fight.
demand said The independent On Monday, her son has been repeatedly harassed by multiple students for more than a year because of his non-binary identity.
‘Nex was attacked and assaulted in a bathroom by a group of other students. “One day later, Benedict’s beautiful son lost his life,” the family said in a statement.
Next, 16, who Dagny was born, He died on February 8, just one day after suffering a head injury in a bathroom fight at Owasso High School, Oklahoma.
His friends said Benedict’s name was ‘Nex’. The teenager was described as a nature lover and an enthusiastic cook who adored his cat Zeus.
Now, messages Nex sent to a family member after the fight, shared by Fox23, reveal that the teen tried to confront his bullies.
Police have since stated that the 16-year-old did not die as a result of those injuries, but have not clarified the cause of death.
“At this time, any additional comment on the cause of death is pending pending toxicology results and other ancillary tests,” police said.
“The official autopsy report will be available at a later date,” Owasso police said Wednesday night.
The police statement after Nex described what happened in a text message to her family, before being taken to hospital before dying.
‘I was assaulted at school. 3 on 1, I had to go to the ER,” Nex wrote, adding, “They had been harassing me and my friends and I got tired so I poured some water on them and the 3 of them came after me. The school did not report to the police.
Officers investigating Nex’s death said the teen’s family called them at the hospital around 3 p.m. on February 7, but that the school had not made any 911 calls.
The family member asked Nex if they were okay and the teen responded by saying they were “everyone okay” and had some scratches and bruises. They also added: “If I’m dizzy or nauseous in the morning, I could have a concussion.”
Sue Benedict, Nex’s biological grandmother and legal guardian, revealed that Nex was beaten by three older girls after being harassed for a year.
Benedict told the Independent that Nex was brutally beaten during the fight, which she claims involved Nex being thrown to the ground and hitting his head, and suffering bruising to his face and eyes, as well as scratches to the back of his head.
She also said she was aware that Nex, who she said did not see himself as either a man or a woman, was bullied for being genderfluid, but that she “I didn’t know how bad it had gotten.”
The teen’s guardian, Benedict, described his daughter as an excellent student, an animal lover and a talented cook during a funeral Thursday.
‘I was very proud of Nex. They were going somewhere, they were very free,” he said.
The incident reportedly involved the teen’s head being repeatedly smashed into the school bathroom floor.
In a statement to local media, Owasso Public Schools said it could not comment amid an ongoing investigation.
Benedict said Nex had been bullied since the start of the 2023 school year, just months after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bathroom ban bill, stipulating that students must use the bathroom that lines up. with their biological sex.
An obituary described the teenager’s love of nature and his “affectionate” disposition, especially toward the beloved cat Zeus.
‘[Nex] “I enjoyed a variety of hobbies such as watching Walking Dead, drawing, reading, and playing Ark and Minecraft,” the notice said.
The teenager is survived by her grandparents Sue and Walter Benedict, as well as four sisters, two brothers and a niece and nephew, according to the obituary.
TO GoFundMe It has also been created to help the family cover funeral expenses.
in a statement Owasso Public Schools said that “the students were in the bathroom for less than two minutes and the physical altercation was broken up by other students who were present in the bathroom at the time, along with a staff member who was supervising outside the bathroom.” “.