New details are being revealed about the tragic suicide of an 11-year-old boy in Michigan.
On Thursday, Tysen Benz’smother Katrina Goss claimed that her son died after falling prey to a ‘manipulative’ prank hatched by his 13-year-old girlfriend.
‘She did a prank that made it look like she killed herself and used other friends and their [social media] accounts to make it look like she killed herself,’ Goss told the New York Post. ‘So, he believed her and said, “I’m going to kill myself.”‘
The girlfriend is not being identified because she is a minor.
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,’ Goss said. ‘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,’ she said.