Tysen Benz’s girlfriend decided to prank him and enlisted some of her girlfriends to convince him that she was dead. Tysen was so distraught that he took his own life. His mother walked in on him while he was trying to hang himself. He was taken to the hospital and put on life support but eventually succombed to his injuries.
Goss described her son as an athlete, comedian, friend, brother and all around amazing child.
But she says things started to go wrong when he bought a cellphone from a friend behind her back and started ‘secretly dating’ the older girl against her wishes.
His mother said she never met the girl, who other students called his girlfriend, but that she saw her several times while picking up and dropping off her son at Bothwell Middle School.
She has no idea why the teen would concoct such a ‘controlling, harassing and manipulative’ prank against her son.
While the girl is a minor, Goss says she’d like to see her face charges for what she did to her son.
‘I’m quite angry. 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. You can make your own choices. I do feel like she took advantage of a younger boy to control and manipulate him.
‘I don’t feel like it should be taken lightly. She should be held legally responsible for this horrific prank.’
‘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.’