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Incredible reporting. Stay on this story. Just like your Mika Westwolf reporting, your tenacity shines a light on stories that shouldn’t linger and fade in darkness. Your coverage exposes injustice, creates awareness, and lights the fuse for change.

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Nex Benedict was murdered by Oklahoma's savage christofascist culture. Walters and Raichik have blood on their hands.

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Remember class, the GOP is pro-life if you’re a straight, white christian. Otherwise, you’re on your own.

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Raichik and others like her are so filled with vitriol and hate one must wonder: what did their parents do to them? Why did their parents not love them? Were they not loveable or were their parents horrible people and so they become horrible.

As a former NYC HS teacher, my experience is that these miserable mfs are a reflection of the homes that they come from. There's the tree, there's the apple.

People whose hearts are filled with self loathing should not determine the environment in which children learn. If there were no hate-filled rhetoric invading these communities (like the Oklahoma district), the kids would be fine with one another. If a child is loved and cared for, they do not attack others because of their personality, physicality or emerging sexuality. Kids tend to be curious and supportive of one another.

That bigoted superintendent is the real villain here. He has condoned violence against the children he is supposed to protect. He has determined who shall live peacefully and who shall be attacked and culled from the herd. His hands drip with blood and sting with the misery of those children that he feels emboldened to attack and to have others attack. But, because what goes around comes around, the good will win and he will suffer.

And may Nex, that sweet kid, rest in peace.

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Back when I taught high school American History & Government, one of the best quotes, according to my students, was “my right to swing my arms ends where your nose begins”. I dearly wish more people would remember that.

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Libs of TikTok is a hate group promoting intolerance and bigotry and the OK Superintendent of Education is so happy to be working with the group.

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My heart goes out to this family. The mean streak in the GOP, religious groups specifically Christians as I left my church because of how they treated LBGQT, is only going to get worse. The country is so divided now thanks to Donald Trump and the GOP I see no solution.

What a beautiful young person Nex was. What a loss for not only their family but their community and friends and really all of us.

Thank you for this article. Nex will live in my heart.

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Love will eventually win over hate. I just wish this mechanism could move more quickly. Unfortunately the haters are really loud and really ambitious. Heartbreaking story, thank you for sharing

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This is what it’s like living under Fascism. We’re almost there. Jeopardizing a Biden win will ensure more of this permanently.

Children & their families should never be fending for themselves when it comes to safety anywhere, let alone schools! This filthy hatred is learned from family & friends who should instead be the ones ostracised from society.

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"Appoint" seems an oxymoron when creating a gangster group to commit violence. Thugs used to be just mercenaries. Now they are political appointees with job titles.

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This is a really sad story. Thank you for reporting it Judd. As a father, and a citizen, it's just hard to read. All actual adults should be counted on to protect children. To even worry about their gender is dumb. I can't pretend I understand this moment we are in, the subject of gender fluidity, all of it. But while it does not directly involve my family, I flat-out don't get the hunger to dehumanize these children. They are thinking, feeling human beings, on their own journey. Full stop. The targeting of them is a sickness here in the U.S., abetted by losers like Raichik and Walters. The feedback loop of being 'famous' on social media, being heard, is alarming. This alt-fame media drug is taking down nearly half of our population, zombifying them, or at least revealing the inherent sickness in people like Chaya Raichik, or the meathead views of men who have never left middle school, like Ryan Walters. I still believe, from my days of army basic training, that we all thrive when we take care of the weakest among us. If they thrive, we all thrive, blessed with an internal sense of contentment for being good, decent people smart/lucky enough to not be sucked into the brain-rotting cynicism and manufactured/hyped anger from pointless social media and propaganda networks like Fox and Mark Levin. It's getting so old, so pointless, so mean. Rest in peace, Nex Benedict. You deserved way better.

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OK isn’t exactly a place for world-class education as it is. Their embrace of extremism may give the state fame amongst the brain-dead nimrods who are followers of Libs but it doesn’t do diddly-squat for the kids except run decent educators out of the state and teach an entire state that critical thinking has no place in that state.

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Thank you for continuing to expose these fascist thugs. Apparently, in red states drag queen story hour is a clear and present danger but bomb threats, physical violence, etc., are state-approved practices and incorporated into the curriculum. I’m sure the parents of the abusers are laughing it all off after owning the libs by any means necessary, even the death of an innocent person. Chaya Raichik is a war criminal, IMHO.

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Feb 21·edited Feb 22

Nex Benedict did not deserve to be murdered! Thank you Judd, Tesnim, and Rebecca for remembering the characters who share the bizarre sexual neurosis of most Oklahoman Republicans who appointed Ryan Walters who appointed the violence-inspiring Chaya Raichik. The split between our political parties is growing tragically deeper. See Popular Information January 24, 2024.

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The Superintendant, Ryan Walters, could be stopped at just, “We aren’t going to tolerate . . . “

This is a case of murder, first and second degree, up and down the line from students to state officials. The FBI should be brought in.

And, no, an LPN, BSN or associate-degree level, school nurse is NOT equipped to diagnose an intracranial, subarachnoid, epidural or subdural hemorrhage. She should have been aware of the risk and immediately sent this kid to the ER. She needs to be sued and her license revoked.

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As a 74 year-old woman from the West (Idaho, Wyoming, Montana) I struggle to understand the hysteria being whipped up about trans/gender fluid issues. There is no "threat" from these children: the threat is targeted AT them. Where are the upstanding caring adults who have the power to stand up to these bigots, these haters?

These people have nothing good in their lives so they want to make everyone else miserable.

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