'Slender Man' Suspects Should Be Tried as Kids
Because that's exactly what they are: Mel Robbins
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2014 1:19 PM CDT
Rescue workers take a stabbing victim to the ambulance in Waukesha, Wis., on Saturday.   (AP Photo/Abe Van Dyke)

(Newser) – It was a horrendous, premeditated attack, say prosecutors, which is why they're charging two 12-year-old girls in Wisconsin as adults in the brutal stabbing of a classmate. Bad move, writes Mel Robbins at CNN. "Wisconsin should transfer the case to juvenile court and try them as children, because that's what they are." Keep in mind that the girls were apparently in the thrall of an imaginary Internet character known as Slender Man, and they allegedly tried to kill their friend to appease the fictional monster.

But Wisconsin thinks they should be tried as adults? "You don't have to be a fan of Orange Is the New Black to know in your gut that 60 years in the adult prison system is no place for a little girl who believes that an Internet meme is real and doesn't appear to understand the consequences of her actions," writes Robbins. The 12-year-old brain is still developing, figuring things out. Given their ages and the fact that their victim survived, these girls will be released from custody at some point. Ask yourself: Would adult prison or juvenile rehabilitation better prepare them for that day? Click for Robbins' full column. (Or click to read about the online origins of Slender Man.)

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Ezekiel 25:17
Jun 10, 2014 9:26 PM CDT
History, experience, tested systems and methods, studies, operating records, and court records show that this story is a bunch of hooey. Kids understand what they are doing a lot more than what they put on. What they failed to acquire at an early age was ethics, morals, and empathy. Prison can give them that in time. Very often the prison time lets the victim fully heal. It would be fine for the guilty people to experience the prison system for a minimum of 20 years. Then they go to a pre-release center. Then a community treatment center. Then a halfway house. Then a probationary release.
iq145
Jun 7, 2014 1:30 PM CDT
Victor Surge is enjoying every moment of this...
strrapski
Jun 7, 2014 8:29 AM CDT
The operative word is premeditation. This was thought out and planned. they had the slumber party so they cod kill her without seeing her eyes. when they didn't do it there, I would think because the other people in the house would hear her screams and stop it, they took her into the woods with them. They wanted to kill her and made plans to do so and that's adult enough for me. The reason doesn't matter. At that age you do know the difference between fantasy and reality. One aside, if anyone says they were good girls, they need a reality check.