Governor Kevin Stitt’s statement on Owasso student Nex Benedict’s death

KTUL - February 23, 2024 5:59 am

Governor Kevin Stitt released a statement regarding the death of 16-year-old Owasso student Nex Benedict.

Governor Stitt said, “Sarah and I are saddened to learn of the death of Nex Benedict, and our hearts go out to Nex’s family, classmates, and the Owasso community. The death of any child in an Oklahoma school is a tragedy— and bullies must be held accountable. As we await the results of the investigation, I urge Owasso Police and Owasso Public Schools to be forthcoming and transparent with the public.”

Owasso Police said the medical examiner’s office released preliminary information Wednesday afternoon that indicated Benedict “did not die as a result of trauma”.

Nex Benedict, 16-year-old Owasso student who died Feb. 8 (Courtesy Benedict Family)

Nex Benedict, 16-year-old Owasso student who died Feb. 8 (Courtesy Benedict Family)

Police said they are waiting on toxicology and other testing results, and an official autopsy report will be available at a later date.

Meanwhile, some Owasso residents said their focus has shifted to addressing bullying in the community.

A peaceful demonstration and walkout is scheduled near Owasso High School on Monday, Feb. 26. around 10 a.m. at the corner of 86th & 129th.



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