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Vigil held on the HB Pier Friday for non-binary teen

by: HB News staff writer
Published: February 26, 2024


HUNTINGTON BEACH...A vigil was held on the HB Pier Friday, February, 23, 2024, in support of the Oklahoma high school non-binary teen, Lex Benedict, 16, who died on February 8th, when Benedict collapsed at home and were taken to the hospital.

It was initially thought the non-binary student was killed on campus by bullies, but officials say that’s not the case. Coroner report is pending. There also appears to be conflicting information regarding whether Benedict was a victim of bullying or was the bully.


"Bullying is never ok & shouldn’t be tolerated in any way, shape, or form. When I was teaching here in the OceanView School District, I made it perfectly clear that I wouldn’t put up with that kind of activity. Yet kids will be kids & do unacceptable things to each other," said Karen Topolewski. Photo:Josh Sanchez


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