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Daughter Attempts to Kill Mother, Another Slender Man-Induced Attack

An Ohio mother claims that Slender Man is the reason her daughter attacked her with a knife.

It hasn't been long since a story broke about two 12-year-old girls accused of luring a friend into an abandoned park and stabbing her in an attempt to please the fictional character, Slender Man. 

After hearing about this horrific tale of events, a mother from Cincinnati, Ohio has come to the press, explaining that her daughter attacked her in a similar way earlier that year.

Attacks in the Name of Slender-Man Are More Abundant Than We Think..

The mother, whose name has not been released, expressed her concern to a Cincinnati news station, claiming that her daughter performed a similar action, dressed in a white mask and holding a knife. 

Her daughter, who is facing charges in juvenile court, was "waiting for her," one night after she got home from work. 

"[She] mentioned playing a role," the mother said. "[I] got the feeling she was playing a role. It didn't feel like her at all.” -The Huffington Post

According to the woman, her daughter has a past history of mental health issues, and "made references to Slender Man" and "killing." She also reportedly created "a world for Slender Man in the game Minecraft."

Who is Slender Man?

Slender Man is a fictional horror character originally created by Eric Knudsen. He was developed to win a horror photoshop competition, and his internet popularity soared, inducing documentaries and videos games such as Slender: The Eight Pages. I went into more detail about his beginnings here

Is This Really the Fault of Video Games?

Many news outlets have been blaming video games as the culprit. However, many times this pointing of fingers is hasty, and is not justifiable once presented with all the evidence. 

In this case, it's not the best idea to let a child with a history of mental instability read horror stories, especially on a website containing a disclaimer. The same would pertain to horror movies or books-- anything that the parents wouldn't want acted out. 

To blame tragedies such as these on video game manufacturers is like blaming obesity on food. A person should always be held accountable for his/her actions, and (in my opinion), should never be blamed on anyone but themselves. 

Published Jun. 12th 2014
  • topher339
    I completely agree. But it seems people tend to want to blame anything but themselves be it games, food, or guns. In the end the choice is that persons and that persons alone. If the girl had mental issues the parents should have been more careful about what she viewed/read.
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    It is not the direct fault of video games, no.

    However, I worry that the onslaught of media on the impressionable minds of younger individuals are prematurely...warping things. In other words, if they may be somewhat unstable to begin with, strange and suggestive media can be a trigger.

    And as we're starting to delight in the more twisted and more deranged, I'm not surprised at all that we're starting to see more twisted and deranged behavior.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    You're closing statement is spot on. People are accountable for their own actions.

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