Funeral Held For 16-Year-Old Owasso Student After Unexpected Death

An Owasso High School Student who died last week was laid to rest on Thursday.

Thursday, February 15th 2024, 10:38 pm

By: News On 6


(Editor's Note: Numerous viewers have reached out to us with concerns regarding this story, specifically that the person identified in the story is nonbinary. Your concerns are the same ones we have had in numerous editorial meetings. Our team strives to be sensitive and to not misidentify the teenager in this story. Our current sources are the Owasso Police Department and the student's family, who understandably is grieving a tremendous loss. As we get more information from these primary sources, we will update our reporting.)

An Owasso High School Student who died last week was laid to rest on Thursday.

Nex Benedict died last week a day after being taken to the hospital after a fight at the high school.

Investigators haven't said whether the student's death is related to the fight.

Their cause of death hasn't been determined.

You can access a GoFundMe to help pay for funeral services HERE.

Original story below...

Owasso Public Schools will have additional counselors available to both students and staff, following the death of a 16-year-old who attended the school.

Related Story: 16-Year-Old Dies 1 Day After Fight At High School

The student who died was involved in a fight at Owasso High School on Wednesday of this week, police said.

At this time, investigators are not sure if the fight played a role in the student's death.

Police said they were called to the hospital on Wednesday because a student was sent there after a fight at the high school.

Police said they were not notified of any fight before being called to the hospital.

The student was later sent home from the hospital. Then on Thursday, the student was rushed back to the hospital where they were later pronounced dead, police said.

Faith Crittenden is with Family and Children's Services and is part of the team that goes to school districts to provide resources when a student dies.

She said this is devastating for friends and fellow students and it's important to provide support.

"Take that time and sit with your child, talk about how you're feeling because if you can talk about 'I was shocked to hear this, I'm feeling really sad and unsafe', If you model that for your kids then they may be more open and receptive," Crittenden said.

Police are not sure if the two incidents are connected or what happened to her on the second day.

In a brief statement, Owasso Public Schools said, "The Owasso Police Department has notified district leaders of the death of an Owasso High School student. The student's name and cause of death have not yet been made public. As this is an active police investigation, we will have no additional comment at this time."

The cause of the student's death has not yet been determined.

Owasso Public Schools said counselors will be available on campus Friday for those who need them.


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