DETROIT, United States — An 11-year-old boy hanged himself after his girlfriend, 13, pulled off a social media prank of faking her own suicide.
The mother, Katrina Goss, 41, learned that the incidence of his son’s impulsive decision was in response to a terrible online prank of his girlfriend and her friends, she told TV6 on Thursday.
“She had pranked her own death,” Goss said. “I don’t know what possessed her to do such a weird prank. It’s a twisted, sick joke.”
Tysen Benz was on life support since he tried to kill himself on March 14 hanging by his neck in his room. Eventually, he died on Tuesday, April 4, due to his injuries at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.
Goss couldn’t help but blame the girlfriend together with her friends of coordinating her fake death that caused her son to do such a thing.
“I feel like, yeah, they’re young and all that, but I feel like when you’re 13, you’re completely knowledgeable of your choices and you know right from wrong. I do feel like she took advantage of a younger boy to control and manipulate him,” she further said; wanting to make a point of taking the incident seriously and making them legally responsible of the sick online joke.
The teenage girl was being charged with “malicious use of service by telecommunications service provider” in Marquette County for using a computer to commit a crime, Capt. Mike Kohler of the Marquette Police Department said following an investigation to Tysen’s death.
“Social media harassment, bullying and pranking is a huge issue,” Goss added. “The way it’s used nowadays, kids are desensitized to social media and it really does hurt people.”
Benz’s mother urges families, specially parents to reach out and communicate with their children about life’s precious gift and the dangers of social media, internet, and texting. She wanted everyone to stand strong in fighting against social media bullying and so many are in agreement with her.
All I've ever done is try my hardest to protect you, but I couldn't protect you from this…… I'm so sorry my beautiful sweet baby. 💕❤💓 I love you.