Creepypasta posts statement after Waukesha stabbing
MADISON -- An administrator of a horror website said in an online posting that the stories published on the site are fiction and the site does not endorse the actions of two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill
one of their classmates.
The site called Creepypasta Wiki contains stories posted by users, including one about Slenderman, a fictional character who stalks children.
According to a court documents, two 12-year-old Waukesha girls charged with stabbing and nearly killing a friend told police that they did it to curry favor with Slenderman.
A site administrator said in a Tuesday post that Creepypasta Wiki does not "does not endorse or advocate for the killing, worship, and otherwise replication of rituals of fictional works."
Attempts to reach site operators by phone and email were unsuccessful.
An exceprt of the statement is below:
"First and most importantly, my condolences go out to all the families involved. I cannot even imagine how painful and confusing and awful this has to be for them. I don’t have children, but I can imagine how my mother would feel if something like this happened to me, and it absolutely breaks my heart to even consider her having to go through that. The families of the young ladies who committed this crime also have my heart going out to them – I know this can’t be easy for them as well, and I’m sure they’ll have to deal with mistargeted backlash and anger even while they try to get through such a trying time themselves. So when I say that I extend my deepest sympathies and my prayers to those affected, I hope that you understand that I mean it. I know that words can seem hollow or come off as mere lip-service to the cynical, but it’s the truth."
The administrator also encouraged people with mental health struggles to get help. He went on to say he did not believe it was the fault of Slenderman or horror writing in general that this tragic event happened.
"I remember reading scary stories and watching slasher movies when I was a child and young teenager and while they certainly gave me nightmares, they did not instill within me a desire to murder my friends."