The shocking prank that mom says led 11-year-old son to hang himself

The shocking prank that mom says led 11-year-old son to hang himself
Tysen Benz (Image: Family photo via New York Post)

An 11-year-old Michigan boy hanged himself after a “manipulative” social media prank, his mother told The Post.

Katrina Goss, of Marquette, said her son Tysen Benz died at a hospital in Ann Arbor on Tuesday after she found him trying to take his life on March 14. She said that she later learned her son’s suicide attempt was in response to a sick online joke.

The shocking stunt, Goss claimed, was coordinated between friends.

“I’m quite angry,” Goss said in an interview on Thursday.

“I feel like, yeah, they’re young and all that… you’re completely knowledgeable of your choices and you know right from wrong.  You can make your own choices.”

“I don’t feel like it should be taken lightly,” she said, adding those involved must be held “legally responsible for this horrific prank.”

Capt. Mike Kohler of the Marquette Police Department confirmed there’s an investigation into Tysen’s death, but declined to comment directly on his mother’s allegations.

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