Slenderman Web Site Says It’s Not at Fault for Girl’s Stabbing

The website that officials said helped inspire two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate brushed off criticism on Tuesday, condemning the attack as an "isolated incident."

A 12-year-old Waukesha [Wisconsin] girl who survived being stabbed 19 times was found Saturday by a bicyclist, police said. Shortly afterward, two 12-year-old classmates were arrested and told police they were inspired by a creepy, fictional character known as Slenderman on the website Creepypasta Wiki, authorities said.

According to the website, "a creepypasta is a short story posted on the Internet that is designed to unnerve and shock the reader," and Creepypasta Wiki is a user-edited database of those stories, similar to Wikipedia.

"I'm going to make myself loud and clear: ALL WORKS PRESENTED ON THIS WIKI AND OTHER SITES (INCLUDING SLENDERMAN ... ) ARE FICTIONAL STORIES AND CHARACTERS," a site administrator identified as Sloshtrain wrote Tuesday after the attack drew national attention to the website.

"This wiki does not endorse or advocate for the killing, worship, and otherwise replication of rituals of fictional works," the administrator wrote, also offering condolences to the families affected by the attack. "There is a line of between fiction and reality, and it is up to you to realize where the line is. We are a literature site, not a crazy satanic cult."

Both alleged attackers have been charged as adults with attempted murder. Police said they had been plotting the attack against their classmate for months. The victim was found by the cyclist after crawling for help.

An attorney for one of the suspects said he was concerned about her mental health and would repeat his request for the court to move her from juvenile detention to a mental health facility, the Associated Press reported.

Anthony Cotton said Tuesday that he would meet with his client later in the day, but that based...

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