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Feb 23Liked by Judd Legum

I just wanted to write how grateful I am, Judd and team, that you are covering this so closely. Nex’s passing breaks my heart. Nex’s mom’s loss is our loss. May Nex’s memory always be called for blessings.

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If her death was a result of the beating at school and knowing she was harassed because she identifies as binary, wouldn’t this be a hate crime and the Feds investigate? Could they step in now?

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Oklahoma is despicable. There will be nothing in the toxicology testing to point to cause of death. Absolutely ludicrous. They died from head trauma being physically assaulted. This isn’t rocket science, it’s murder.

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So so so grateful you are on this, Judd Legum. So grateful. Thank you for your tenacity and smart journalism!!

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“A fight in the bathroom” is a decidedly euphemistic interpretation of being stomped to death in secrecy. Hate crime? This kind of hate has parents and collusion and witnesses and evil intention. And cover-up.

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Absolutely astounding. They put out a public notice that the ME said it "wasn't trauma" and then admit that the ME said no such thing?? That they "assume" it wasn't because of the toxicology request?

there is a step missing in this logic--the hospital. Nex was treated and sent home. Undoubtedly got some painkillers or something else. ME clearly needs to see how treatment of whatever happened might have affected cause of death.

I'd agree that before we can cry "murder" we need the full ME report. But quite apart from the cause of death, the allowance of bullying at that school, which seems to be horrendous in general and worse against those who aren't pure little cis-ters needs to be blasted far and wide. Who knows what the stress of all that may have done to Nex's health?

There may not be legal liability when this is all finished. But there sure as hell is a MORAL failing of this school for allowing such a toxic atmosphere. Oh, but I forgot--schools aren't supposed to be safe places any more. Whether it is a bullet, a push, or a constant stream of hateful taunts, its all just part of being a kid in 21st Century America.

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I just sent 2 letters, one to FBI Headquarters, one to OK City Field office, because the FBI is tasked to investigate Hate Crimes, violence against children and murder, especially involving an entire community that WILL cover up this horror. And BTW— a school nurse is in NO WAY capable or qualified to “reasonably assess” head injuries, EVER.

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Feb 23·edited Feb 23

We are all Nex's mothers now, and I'm deeply concerned they died from the trauma they sustained in that bathroom. As much as I want to hear from Nex's family, they really do need to let their attorney do any talking. And any reputable attorney would tell them the same. Independent autopsy is also a must.

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Thank you for excellent reporting. I am concerned there may actually be a direct connection between OK gov. official and deliberate targeting of other children by Lib. O TT. FBI needs to be involved, if this is bounty hunting, under the guise of protecting other children, the Superintendent is a huge danger to all students. Emails must be investigated by FBI to understand who should be charged. As a pediatric trauma nurse for many years, I suspect she had a subdural brain bleed, which is slower than subarachnoid brain bleed. But the family needs to hire a private pathologist/private autopsy. In South Carolina, a similar case, mom did a go-fund-me for private autopsy. Look up Steven Smith (mom Sandy Smith).

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“Boatman also said the medical examiner ‘emphasized they are waiting for toxicology,’ which Boatman interpreted as ‘kind of a red flag.’ Boatman said he is ‘assuming when I get that [toxicology report] back, something's going to be there.’"

Or, maybe Boatman - as a commissioned Police Lieutenant- should consider that a toxicology report is generally run as part of an autopsy to identify/eliminate possible contributing causes.

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Feb 23·edited Feb 25

That is over the top crazy!! Like a 16 year old is just going to randomly drop dead from something other than having their head bashed in the day after 😳😳

MAGAS told so many lies without consequences, they just get bolder and bolder. Sounds like the family might need an independent autopsy at that rate

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Thank you Judd. Keep shining the light on this, please.

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I am a physician who has seen my share of trauma. This poor kid probably died from a subdural hematoma, a blood clot that forms after trauma between the brain and the skull. If it had been an epidural it would have been more rapid. Trauma in the brain tissue itself would cause obvious neurological symptoms.

I dont fault the school nurse, who is not trained to see this. The Emergency Room probably missed it.

why cant we see the Autopsy report and the ER records? The longer the police try to cover this up the worse it will be for them and the school.

BTW, when I was in medical school in the 1970’s I spent several months working in the Johns Hopkins “Sex clinic” where we helped people with all sorts of gender issues. This was the most fascinating and useful work I did in Med school. The terms have changed ( we never heard of “trans” back then) but the human suffering inflicted on people who dont conform to binary sex roles is real. I saw it then and know it now. There are massive amounts of data that some people cannot conform to their “ biology”. and why should they?

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This is incredible reporting and an example of why I subscribe.

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So the translation is: "we're not going to do anything."

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Never ever ever take a public statement from the police at face value.

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