Benton Community School District Mourns Deaths Of Two Students


The Benton Community School District is dealing with tragedy after two students were killed in accidents four days apart.

13-year-old Mahailah Cruzen died Sunday in ATV accident. The State Patrol says the ATV hit a car. The 14 year old ATV driver is still in the hospital.

On Wednesday morning 16-year-old Mackenzie Kvam was killed after crossing into the path of a school bus. Five students and the bus driver suffered minor injuries.

Benton Community School District’s Superintendent Dr. Pamela Ewell released a statement on Thursday saying “The District mourns the significant loss the student’s family and our school community are experiencing...We understand the considerable emotional impact this can have on our students and families.”

The district is also offering counseling. There is a Go Fund Me page set up to help the Cruzen family with funeral expenses and it can be found here.

(Photo: KCRG-TV 9)