When this story was first making the rounds, the mother of the boy was talking about her son’s suicide in hopes it would get other parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of social media.
Katrina Goss did not go into details regarding the motives behind her son deciding to end his own life, aside from saying it was because of a social media prank. Her original statement read:
“My son Tysen Benz was an 11 year old student, athlete, comedian, friend, brother, charismatic and all around amazing child. On Tuesday March 14th he impulsively chose to end his own life as a result of a horrific act of a social media prank which is under investigation by authorities. He clung on with the help of life support until Tuesday April 4th. He has now been set free and can Rest In Peace. He was loved by everyone he knew and he will absolutely never be forgotten.
Our family is completely heartbroken. I urge families to speak out, reach out and communicate with your children about life’s precious gift and the dangers of the internet and texting and how telecommunications can have the same effects as speaking face to face. I want Tysen to be remembered as he was and all the joy he’s brought to everyone. Keep his spirit alive by standing strong & fighting against social media bullying!!”
On Thursday, Goss revealed more details surrounding her son’s death. She said it all started after Tysen bought a cellphone from a friend without her knowledge and began secretly dating a 13-year-old girl at his school.
For reasons currently unknown, the girl faked her own death online and had her friends help her pull it off. When Tysen read the news on social media, he believed it and responded that he was also going to kill himself.
Tysen wasn’t kidding and Goss would find her son in his room where he had hanged himself. He was rushed to the hospital where he has been on life support until he died April 4.
Police have not confirmed the details of Goss’ story, but Marquette city police Capt. Michael Kohler admitted they have charged a juvenile with telecommunication services-malicious use and using a computer to commit a crime.
Goss said she knows the people involved with the prank are young, but believes they are old enough to know right from wrong. She feels everyone involved in the prank should be held accountable.
“I don’t feel like it should be taken lightly,” she said. I don’t either, but charging these young kids a crime seems a bit much, doesn’t it?Tags: Crime, Juvenile, Michigan, prank, Tysen Benz