Katrina Goss says she found her 11-year-old son, Tysen Benz, injured and unconscious in his bedroom after his 13-year-old friend reportedly faked her own death. She’s claiming Tysen was the victim of a cruel internet prank that she says crossed the line into cyberbullying.TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Have a headline-making story in a small town?
But Katrina says she doesn’t want Tysen remembered only for his tragic death
. In a Dr. Phil exclusive
airing Monday, Katrina says, “I want all — everyone who knows him to remember him just as he was. He was extremely active, he was a fabulous skier, a wonderful friend; he loved — he absolutely adored his friends. Um, and he just was the kindest person. So I just want to make sure nobody forgets him.”
The girl, who remains unnamed because of her age, was charged with malicious use of telecommunications service and using a computer to commit a crime. Both charges are misdemeanors.
“Let’s use this tragic story as a starting point to talk to our children and remind them that words are powerful and they should be used carefully and with kindness,” says Dr. Phil.
“There are always two sides to a story and we have not heard this young woman’s, or her family’s. So we will continue to follow this case closely and understand that what we have said and what the mother has said is her point of view, and these are allegations. While she has been charged there has been no conviction here, and as I said, we don’t know all the facts.”
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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?Grief-Stricken Mom Speaks Out About 11-Year-Old Tysen Benz Committing Suicide After 'Social Media Prank'