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Mother Attacked by Daughter Imitating Slenderman
HAMILTON COUNTY -- It appears another attack could be blamed on Slenderman. An anonymous Hamilton County mother admits her daughter's writings and drawings have always been dark, but she never thought her 13-year-old would imitate one of the characters she referenced.
"I came home one night from work and she was in the kitchen waiting for me and she was wearing a mask, a white mask," said the mother. "She had her hood up and had her hands covered with her sleeves and the mask."
She says the person who started attacking her with a knife was not her daughter but a character.
After hearing about the two Wisconsin 12-year-olds accused of stabbing their friend 19 times because they wanted to please Slenderman. The anonymous mother thinks the fictional horror character also had an influence on her daughter.
"We found things that she had written and she made reference to slender man. She also made references to killing."
"I don't think we should be concerned about people who are interested in Slenderman or who are making videos or who are writing about Slenderman. What does concern are people who go further and say 'Slenderman is real and I have to please him. Slenderman is real and I have to kill for him,'" said social deviance professor Art Jipson.
He says Slenderman is like any other fictional horror character. So it's not what your child is reading and watching, it's what they're getting from it.
"There's a big difference between someone who is reading fiction that they find is well written and captivating because they like the theme of it and reading fiction because that's how I want to live my life," said Jipson.
"It is overwhelming," said parent Carrie Furry. "I've never heard of Slenderman, but if you think about all the stuff on the internet, TV, video games. It's difficult to keep track of everything they're doing."
"To recognize a problem does not necessarily take rocket science, it takes involvement," said Jipson. "Talk to you kids about what movies do you like. I like these kind of movies. Don't make it a one way streak but a two way conversation."
That's important he says, because sometimes that fictional character is no longer fictional.
"We do have to police what they do and what they read," said the anonymous mother.
Her daughter is now in juvenile detention center. Mom says she has had some mental instability.
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