Although the cause of death has not been determined, Owasso police said in a statement that preliminary autopsy results indicate the teen did not die as a result of injuries sustained in the fight.

Benedict was able to leave the bathroom after the fight on February 7, but his family took him to a hospital and he was sent home that night. The next day, paramedics were sent to the home for a medical emergency and took Benedict to a hospital emergency room, where he later died, police said.

Benedict’s family said the teen faced harassment because of his gender identity. They received bruises all over their faces after they and a transgender student got into a fight with three older girls.

According to the AP, the family was still becoming familiar with the use of Benedict’s name and preferred pronouns.

“Please don’t judge us like you judged Nex, please don’t bully us for our ignorance on the subject,” Sue Benedict, Nex Benedict’s mother, said in a statement on a GoFundMe page set up to help cover expenses. of the funeral. “Nex gave us that respect and we are sorry for our pain for overlooking them.”

During the summit, Stitt also expressed support for an initiative in Oklahoma to establish the country’s first religious school that would be funded entirely by the public. Oklahoma’s Republican attorney general has filed a lawsuit with the state Supreme Court to block the school board from establishing the charter school, with oral arguments set to begin April 2.

Oklahoma allows parents to use public funds to cover private education, created by the passage of a bill in the state legislature in November. Stitt made an analogy with government benefits like Medicaid and SNAP, public funds that can be used wherever you choose.

“Education should be no different. There’s no ‘we’re going to make you go to this ZIP code school,’” Stitt said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

By Sam