Victim in weekend Wisconsin stabbing improving, community still shaken
Waukesha, WI (CNN) - People in Waukesha, Wisconsin are still trying to make sense of that disturbing stabbing attack last weekend involving three young girls. Police say two 12 year-olds lured another 12 year-old into a wooded area and stabbed her 19 times.
The mug shots of 12-year-olds Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, are pictures of innocence. But their actions, say authorities, are beyond belief. 911 tapes reveal the horror of their actions; luring their 12 year-old-friend into the woods, police say, stabbing her 19 times, and leaving her for dead.
Caller: “She says she's having trouble breathing. She said she was stabbed multiple times.”
911 Operator: “Is she awake?”
Caller: “She's awake.”
911 Opertor: “Is she breathing?”
Caller: “Yeah she's breathing, she says she can take shallow breaths. She's alert.”
The plan, the attack, the motive all to please the fictitious horror character Slender Man, created in 2009 in an online contest. The character, who preys on children, has taken on a life of its own, with thousands of pictures, videos, and stories posted online.
The older brother of suspect Anissa Weier, tells The Daily Mail Newsite that "she loved the Slender Man stories. Just anything a bit creepy…But I don't see why it changed from dream to reality."
Reporter: What effect does this have on students in general?
Todd Gray – Superintendent, Waukesha School District:” I think students and parents, there's a certain amount of fear. Are things gonna be okay? Are students safe? I can tell you we do have very safe school.”
Todd Gray, who oversees the school the victim and her alleged perpetrators attended, says some parents have kept their kids home. Other children have sought counseling at school. Samantha Rodriguez was in the gym class as Morgan Geyser.
Samantha Rodriguez - Classmate of Suspects: “I was kind of scared, too, because you don't really know who to trust anymore, really.”
The school has, for now, banned the Creepypasta website (home to the majority of Slender Man stories) from all its computers and iPads pending a review. It's also urging parents to monitor what their kids are accessing online and to talk about it.
Waukesha Parent: “As a parent, I just hold my kids a little bit closer and but for the Grace of God.”
The good news, if there's any to be had, is that the victim's condition has been upgraded to fair. She is walking a bit and talking, and appears to be out of danger.
The two suspects are facing charges of intentional first degree attempted homicide. They appeared in court on Monday where bail was set at $500,000