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NASW supports the family of Nex Benedict and Darryl George

A message from NASW CEO Anthony Estreet, PhD, MBA, LCSW-C:

NASW stands with the family of Nex Benedict, a non-binary student in Oklahoma who died after a fight in a high school bathroom. 

We also stand in support of Texas student Darryl George, a Black student who suffered through in-school suspension because he refused to cut his dreadlocks.

A judge ruled the school did not violate the CROWN Act that prohibits discrimination based on hair texture and styles. We disagree with that ruling. 

Several states are passing and considering laws that discriminate against youth who are LGBTQIA2S+, prohibit education about racism that is deeply embedded in our great nation’s history, and advancement of antiracism and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Social workers are bound by the NASW Code of Ethics to respect the dignity and worth of all people and challenge social injustice, including discrimination. 

NASW will continue to advocate for youth such as Nex and Darryl, even in our often divisive political environment. We will continue to push to bring equal justice and treament for all."


The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.