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Michigan Boy Kills Himself in Response to Social Media Prank, Mother Says

Michigan Boy Kills Himself in Response to Social Media Prank, Mother Says

Now, BuzzFeed reports the girl allegedly involved in the prank will face charges, which police said include "malicious use and computer-using to commit a crime".

Names in this complaint were not released by the Marquette Police Department due to their status as juveniles.

The Marquette prosecutors office did not return a request for comment by NBC News.

Using a cellphone he bought without his mother's knowledge, Tysen on March 14 was reading texts and other messages about the faked suicide and decided he would end his life too, his mother said.

Goss told CBS News that her son was "manipulated" and "pranked" by the girl.

Adding: 'I feel like, yeah, they're young and all that, but I feel like when you're 13, you're completely knowledgeable of your choices and you know right from wrong.

'The whole thing happened in about 40 minutes, ' Goss said. I don't know what she said she did to herself'. Since the incident, Tysen has been on life support at a Children's Hospital at the University of MI in Ann Arbor.

Goss said she assumes Tysen and the girl met at - or through - school. "Keep his spirit alive by standing strong & fighting against social media bullying".

Tysen's Mom, Katrina wants to remind other parents to always monitor their children's social media in hopes of preventing similar cases.

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Tysen Benz of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died on Tuesday after doctors took him off life support.

Reported social media suicide prank victim Tyler Benz, 11, was a resident of Marquette, a city in MI.

Although it is still unclear what motivated the teenage girl to pull such a awful prank, the fact remains that both parents and children need to learn about the dangers social media might pose - be it cyber bullying or a manipulative practical joke.

A Go Fund Me fundraising page has been set up to pay for the family's medical bills has already raised almost £25,000.

The magazine attempted to reach the girl Goss claims has been charged, but was not immediately successful.

'He has now been set free and can Rest In Peace, ' the website reads.

Katrina found her son trying to hang himself on 14 March. He was loved by everyone he knew and he will absolutely never be forgotten.

A 12-year-old girl in Georgia in December live streamed her own hanging in the front yard of her home, explaining to viewers that she had been sexually molested by a family member.

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