13-Year-Old Girl To Be Charged In Prank That Led To 11-Year-Old Boy's Suicide

It was a social media prank gone horribly wrong.

By Gina Tron

A 13-year-old girl will be charged for her involvement in an 11-year-old boy’s suicide.

Right now, Michigan’s Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney is waiting for authorization by a Juvenile Court judge for the charges.

According to an NBC affiliate in Michigan, 11-year-old Tysen Benz took his own life on March 14 after a social media prank gone wrong. His mother claimed he committed suicide after being told a lie that his 13-year-old girlfriend had killed herself.

According to an earlier NBC affiliate report Benz was at home when he saw social media posts claiming the girl had committed suicide. After seeing these posts a Benz replied over social media that he was going to kill himself too.

Tysen died on April 4th from his injuries. According to the report, the girl has been charged with malicious use of a telecommunication device and using a computer to commit a crime. Both charges are misdemeanors. One carries a sentence of a year, the other six months.

“I want to stress that the death of Tysen is not what we’re prosecuting here,” said Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese in the report. “It’s the use of the device to relay a false report of a death. The reason that we have decided to go forward, is because we wanted to get the message out there to the community and to parents to be more active and proactive in knowing where their children are going when they’re on social media platforms.”


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