Social media prank led to 11-year-old’s suicide, mom says

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Goss says the girl and some friends orchestrated the prank and that Tysen replied over social media that he was going to kill himself.


(Facebook photo) Tysen Benz.

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Police would not release the age of the juvenile charged or comment on what relationship the person had with the boy.

(He) was the last person who would choose this choice, which I think was an impulsive choice based on a controlling, harassing and manipulative prank from this girl.” “He was in every sport, he was super social, he had tons of friends and every single person who knew him loved him … ““He was probably the most amazing kid that you would ever know,” Goss said in a New York Post report.

“I do feel like she took advantage of a younger boy to control and manipulate him,” Goss said in the Post. “I don’t feel like it should be taken lightly. She should be held legally responsible for this horrific prank.”

— Prosecutors have authorized computer-related charges against a juvenile after a Michigan mother says a social media and texting prank led her 11-year-old son to take his own life. MARQUETTE, Mich.

Katrina Goss says her son, Tysen Benz, was found March 14 hanging by the neck in his room after seeing social media posts and texts that his 13-year-old girlfriend killed herself.

Marquette police Capt. Michael Kohler said Thursday that the unnamed juvenile is being charged with telecommunication services-malicious use and using a computer to commit a crime.

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