Katrina Goss saw something no mother should ever see
On March 14, a Michigan mother came home to find every parent’s worst nightmare. Katrina Goss went upstairs to check on her son, 11-year-old Tysen Benz. That’s when she found him hanging limp in his bedroom. Article continues on the next pages.
The hanging was the result of a prank
To make matters worse, it was Tysen’s own “girlfriend” who had been the orchestrator of the “prank”. The 13-year-old had colluded with her own friends to fake her suicide, a “prank” which was meant to merely scare Tysen. Obviously, he took it hard.
Now, Katrina Goss is speaking out
“She had pranked her own death. I don’t know what possessed her to do such a weird prank. It’s a twisted, sick joke.” The girl confirmed the prank in texts and social media posts.
Goss appeared on Dr. Phil to discuss the tragedy
According to Goss, neither the girl nor her family has reached out to apologize or even offer condolences, which just seems heartless.
Goss believes the girl knew Tysen was going to hurt himself
“He either said, ‘I’m going to hurt myself’ or ‘I’m going to kill myself.’
I don’t think she did say it was a joke or anything, I don’t think she tried to quickly — like I said, she didn’t try to reach out to me, she didn’t tell another adult.”
The girl apparently was unfazed the next day
She is said to have turned up at school acting as if nothing had happened, when apparently she was aware that her self-described boyfriend had hung himself due in large part to her actions. The teen was charged with malicious use of telecommunication services and using a computer to commit a crime.