NEW: Biden calls to 'end discrimination' against 'transgender children' after Democrats spread false narrative about Nex Benedict’s death

"Nonbinary and transgender people are some of the bravest Americans I know," Biden wrote.


On Thursday, Joe Biden released a statement offering his condolences to the family of Dagny "Nex" Benedict, the 16-year-old transgender Oklahoma high school student who died last month.

Benedict's death was recently ruled a suicide by a medical examiner, contradicting claims made by many that the teen had passed away as the result of a hate-fueled beating carried out by fellow students.

"Jill and I are heartbroken by the recent loss of Nex Benedict," the statement began. "Every young person deserves to have the fundamental right and freedom to be who they are, and feel safe and supported at school and in their communities. Nex Benedict, a kid who just wanted to be accepted, should still be here with us today."

The president went on to claim, "Nonbinary and transgender people are some of the bravest Americans I know," adding that, "nobody should have to be brave just to be themselves."

"In memory of Nex, we must all recommit to our work to end discrimination and address the suicide crisis impacting too many nonbinary and transgender children. Bullying is hurtful and cruel, and no one should face the bullying that Nex did. Parents and schools must take reports of bullying seriously. My prayers are with Nex’s family, friends, and all who loved them – and to all LGBTQI+ Americans for whom this tragedy feels so personal, know this: I will always have your back."

Benedict died following a visit to the hospital on February 8, the day after an altercation at school involving other girls.

A toxicology report from the medical examiner's office revealed that "the probable cause of death resulted from Diphenhydramine and Fluoxetine combined toxicity." 
In the days after Benedict's death, numerous protests and vigils took place, with activists claiming that Benedict was bullied and killed for being transgender. 

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