11 yrs old boy commits suicide after social media prank

An 11-year-old boy has taken his own life after a social media prank that police are now investigating, the mother has said.

Although, details of the prank that led to Tysen Benz committing suicide has not been released, the mother, Katrina Goss, described his death as impulsive.

He died on April 4 from injuries he sustained after he was put into intensive care on March 14 after trying to kill himself in Marquette, Michigan.

On a gofundme page set up by Goss to pay for Benz’s medical bills, she said: “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!!”

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