“My main purpose at this point is to advocate for future possible victims of social media pranking and bullying just to try to make sure that it doesn’t happen again,” says Katrina Goss, whose 11-year-old son, Tysen Benz, killed himself,
reportedly in the mistaken belief that his friend had committed suicide. TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Life in crisis?
It has been reported that Michigan authorities say Tysen was the victim of an “internet prank gone wrong.”
The boy’s 13-year-old friend had allegedly threatened to kill herself; then reportedly used someone else’s social media account to “confirm” her death.
“I really would like to have laws put forth that are stricter in that regard and I really don’t think that they have anything established yet and I really think it’s a huge issue.”
Katrina speaks out against internet pranking and cyberbullying in a Dr. Phil exclusive
Dr. Phil has also been a strong voice in the fight against cyberbullying; even testifying before Congress.
When he invites Katrina to join forces with him the next time he speaks about it in the Nation’s Capitol, what is her response?
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If you or someone you know is showing warning signs of suicide, consider calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) or texting the Crisis Text Line at 741741. The Lifeline provides free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals, and is open 24/7. TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Have a headline-making story in a small town?‘We Don’t Have All The Facts,’ Says Dr. Phil Of Tysen Benz Tragedy