May 8, 2017
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.
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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.”