A prank goes horribly wrong after an 11-year-old kills himself when his girlfriend fakes her own death as joke.
On March 14, 2017, an 11-year-old boy from Marquette, Michigan, took his own life after falling victim to a cruel online prank played on him by his girlfriend. Tysen Benz had been dating a 13-year-old girl when she decided to poses as a different person online to trick Tysen into believing she had died. Later that evening, the boy's parents found him after he had hung himself.
“Tysen was obviously upset by this,” Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese said at the time. “Tysen was tragically found by his mother later that evening.”
The young man was rushed to a hospital in Ann Arbor, where doctors placed Tysen on life support. However, the child would never recover and ultimately passed away a month later. After her son's death, Katrina Gross decided to take action to make sure that the topic of bullying isn't taken more seriously by adults.
She soon set up a Facebook page titled "Together for TYSEN," which she continuous to update as her way of reminding parents of the price bullying can have on their children.
Last September, Katrina admitted she was still struggling to come to terms with her son's death. She wrote:
She wrote: “Lately I’ve been completely overcome by severe heartbreak over Tysens death. It was so very senseless & his beautiful life was wasted. The pain of missing him physically hurts my heart. He will be with me forever though my heart breaks so bad with missing him all day everyday. I’ve never loved another soul more. Mommy loves you sweet “T”. I can’t wait to hug and kiss you in heaven and hold you tight & never ever let go…..💔❤️💔❤️“
According to reports, the teen responsible for the prank that drove Tysen to suicide was charged with using a computer to commit a crime and malicious use of a telecommunications device. While those are both misdemeanor offenses, whoever this young lady is will have to live with what she's done for the rest of her life.
Here's a video about Tysen's story.
Also, here's a news report about the teen's appearance in court.