Should We Be Concerned About Slenderman Now?
Posted on Monday, June 16 @ 12:37:32 Eastern by Nicholas Tan
By now, the stabbings surrounding Slender Man (or Slenderman, however you want it spelled) have been chilling. Like an episode out of Supernatural, specifically that Ghostfacers episode where a local legend actually becomes real in a haunted house, two 12-year-olds in Wisconsin lured a friend into the woods and stabbed her almost twenty times, saying that they were inspired by the creepy fictional ghostly Slender Man.
This has prompted multiple reactions with one of the girl's attorneys asking for a mental health evaluation, some outraged that they're being tried as adults, and admin Sloshedtrain posting a response on the CreepyPasta Wiki which supports the Slenderman mythology:
He's got a point there. This isn't going to be the first time some teenager will be convinced to do something horrible from a fictional horror story. There have been horror stories ever since we were able to communicate around a campfire, so Slenderman is really just an excuse for immature teens to justify doing some immature-teen crime.
I'm not sure if this is particularly something that parents can be blamed for, since they can't watch their kids 24/7. And there's hopefully a level of trust that your 12-year-old has a sense of reasoning. These girls are clearly disturbed and may actually have a mental disorder. I mean, if they can't tell the difference between reality and fantasy, then we'll need to figure out if they're mentally stable in the first place. (Where is Dr. Wong from SVU when we need him?)
As the Wiki response later states:
That said, this is now not an "isolated incident." We have yet another incident last week about a Cincinnati woman being attacked by her 13-year-old daughter due to Slender Man. She recounts the event with the following:
Here, the whole "bad parenting" has more relevance because these signs were there. I'm not sure what else the girl had to do to let her mother know she was obsessed.
But should we be worried about Slender Man? Or should we just add this on the very large pile of things that parents needs to be concerned about when their children access the internet?
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