May 8, 2017
“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.
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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 airing Monday.
Dr. Phil has also been a strong voice in the fight against cyberbullying; even testifying before Congress.