It’s sad to see a child perish, but it’s a tragedy to learn that he decided to put an end to his life after being bullied. On the 14th of March, an 11-year-old boy from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan hanged himself in the bedroom after learning over Snapchat that his 13-year-old girlfriend committed suicide. The authorities declared that the news of the girl’s untimely death was fake, being fabricated by the 13-year-old as part of an elaborate online prank.
Katrina Goss, of the Upper Michigan Peninsula, declared that nothing could have prepared her and the family for the events that took place on the 14th of March. Goss recalls that earlier that day, Tysen Benz, her 11-year-old son, had just returned from tutoring and offered to help her do some house chores. Benz and his mother baked some cookies and had a couple of laughs before the boy decided to retire to his room.
Goss said that her son went up to his room probably to watch some TV or play on his phone, before going to bed. Later that day, Goss decided to go to Tysen’s bedroom in order to put the child to sleep. Regrettably, upon entering the 11-year-old boy’s room, Goss discovered that young Tysen hanged himself from the ceiling’s lamp. The authorities were called but, sadly, they’ve been unable to resuscitate the boy.
Upon investigating the facts of Tysen’s suicide, the detectives stumbled upon a most disturbing fact. Tysen felt compelled to commit suicide after learning on his Snapchat account that his 13-year-old girlfriend was dead.
One of Tysen’s older siblings got ahold of the boy’s smartphone and managed to piece together the facts which ultimately led to the boy committed suicide. Upon reviewing the boy’s chat history, his older brother found out that a person claiming to be a friend of the boy’s girlfriend told him the sad news.
Later, the detectives discovered that the mysterious stranger and the boy’s girlfriend were one and the same. Apparently, the 13-year-old girl borrowed one of her friend’s Snapchat account with the intent of playing a prank on Tysen Benz. Learning about his girlfriend committing suicide, the boy wrote that he would do the same.
What’s even sadder and scandalous is that the girl made no attempt to dissuade the boy by telling him that it was all a hoax, nor informed an adult about Tysen’s intentions.
For bullying the Michigan boy into committing suicide, the 13-year-old girl, who was not named, stands accused of malicious use of telecommunication services and using an electronic device to commit a crime. If she’s found guilty, she risks spending one year in prison.
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