In what appears to be an incident straight out of fiction, 11-year-old Tysen Benz committed suicide after his girlfriend, 13, faked her own death in a text conversation with the boy.
Heartbroken, thinking that his girlfriend had died, little Tysen hung himself. The 13-year-old girl, allegedly his girlfriend, is now facing criminal charges in connection with his death. The girl’s name hasn’t been revealed, but reportedly, she faces up to six months in juvenile detention for malicious use of the telecommunication services, and using a computer to commit a crime, which carries a sentence of one year imprisonment.
According to Katrina Goss, Tysen’s mother, the child seemed fine and happy that day, and perfectly normal when he went to bed. She found him in the closet when she went to tuck him that night, according to various news reports. Though the paramedics were able to revive him he succumbed three weeks later at the hospital.
Social media and cyber bullying
Tysen often used Snapchat, and the night he died, he had been texting the girl who faked her own suicide. No one informed him that it was a prank, and it ended up costing him his life. This incident sadly brings to the fore the serious issue of cyber bullying, and how the wrong use of social media could prove fatal, as it happened in this case.
“I want my son to be the face of the cause. I feel it is a serious issue that gets completely skirted, and needs to be addressed. The way children use social media in the present day and age is appalling,” said Goss, focusing on how important it was to make people aware about the problems associated with social media.
According to reports, 87 percent U.S. youth have been bullied online. One out of three kids admit that they are accepted more on their social media profiles than in real life. Almost 50 percent youth believe that cyberbullying impacts their lives negatively, and dents their confidence. In this case, it was used to convince a child of a lie, one that he took to heart, and ultimately, succumbed to it.
Although not a mental disorder but bullying can have ripple effects. Cyberbullying is known to cause depression and anxiety amongst teens. These can prove debilitating if left unchecked. It is imperative that teens understand how drastically an act of bullying can impact a fellow student or friend.
Seeing the rising trend of cyberbullying and its effects on teens and preteens, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder had signed a bill in 2011 requiring schools and educational systems to have anti-bullying laws in place. The bill was called “Matt’s Safe School Law,” named after a 14-year-old, who killed himself because he was bullied in school.
Help is not far
One of the most pivotal aspects of treating a mental disorder is to seek help. That is usually the first point of acknowledging a problem, and from then on, the acceptance and willingness to get better starts setting in. If a person has to make a recovery, bursting the ignorance bubble is of prime importance. Mental health centers in California are a good option, and among them, Sovereign Health, the leading one. All Sovereign Health facilities practice holistic healing and provide an environment that is congenial to a patient’s speedy recovery.
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