Social Media Prank Allegedly Led 11-Year-Old To Take His Own Life

His mom says the prank is under investigation.

By Jaime Lutz

The mom of an 11-year-old boy who committed suicide claimed that her son’s death came as the result of a “social media prank,” reported WLUC-TV, a Michigan NBC affiliate.

The prank, which the mother did not specify, is under investigation, according to Katrina Goss, whose son, Tysen Benz, died on Tuesday due to complications following a suicide attempt on March 14.

“My son Tysen Benz was an 11-year-old student, athlete, comedian, friend, brother, charismatic and all around amazing child,” Goss wrote on a GoFundMe page originally set up for Benz’s medical costs. “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.”

“Our family is completely heartbroken,” Goss added. “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.”

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