Why is it that the standard societal response to any horror involving children is for society to, generally, lose its shit? The reaction to the brutal stabbing of a twelve year old girl in Wisconsin by two of her class mates beggars belief. It really does.
For those of you that haven’t come across the story yet: two little girls in Wisconsin attempted to murder one of their class mates in the belief that this would curry them favour with Slenderman. Slenderman is an internet horror creation that is featured upon the horror fiction website Creepypasta. He’s a collaborative fiction character that is used in the production of all manner of horror stories, images, and videos. He is a fictional character.
Now; earlier today(or yesterday depending upon your time zone) Creepypasta felt the need, understandable given the attentions of the sensationalist mainstream media, to post a statement explaining that they are a fiction site.
“This wiki does not endorse or advocate for killing, worship, and otherwise replication of rituals of fictional works. There is a line of between fiction and reality, and it is up to you to realize where the line is,” an administrator for Creepypasta Wiki wrote. “We are a literature site, not a satanic cult.”
It seems crazy that a publisher of obvious fictional stories should have to publish a content advisory reminding people that their fiction is fiction.
The other thing that is bewildering about this case is that the two young girls are being tried as adults. They’re 12 FFS! Regardless of the violence of the attack they are still children and should be treated as such.
Hell, even if they were 42 rather than 12 the fact that they believed they were going to go off and live in the woods with a clearly fictional character should be a dead give away that they are not competent to stand trial let alone to do so as adults! If an adult made such claims then they would be sent straight for psychological assessment. Yet because these girls are kids we lose our shit and think that we’ve caught the next fucking Hitler rather than just a pair of disturbed and confused pre-teens.
The same thing happened in this country(the UK for those not paying attention) in 1993 when two young boys, who were almost the exact same age as these girls in Wisconsin, abducted and murdered a three year old. These boys were treated as adults and their names and photographs released to the media. They were tried in the circus of public outrage and horror. Which I’m sure did a lot to comfort the grieving families in the case. Oh wait, no, it just ruined the lives of two more children who needed help not to be thrown to the media lions.
These girls names should never have been made pubic and they obviously need help. They do not need hounding into the American penal system.
The video below features English author Will Self being the voice of reason in a debate over the release of the, now adult, killers from 1993.