MADISON (WKOW) -- An expert on children and their perception of media says she believes two 12 year-old Waukesha girls accused of stabbing their friend did it to win the approval of Slenderman, a fictional character they believed to be real.More >>
MADISON (WKOW) -- An expert on children and their perception of media says she believes two 12 year-old Waukesha girls accused of stabbing their friend did it to win the approval of Slenderman, a fictional character they believed to be real. More >>
WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- The principal of three 12-year-old girls involved in a stabbing incident in Waukesha speaks out for the first time.
Principal Mark Wegner told WISN 12 News he saw no warning signs. Wegner says all three sixth-graders are good students at Horning Middle School and adds the two stabbing suspects had no history of bad behavior.
"It's a tragic event that took place, and we're trying to make the best to work through it," he says.
Police say Saturday, the two 12-year-old girls lured their friend into a wooded area where they stabbed her 19 times. The two told officials they tried to kill her in order to please a fictional internet folklore character known as the "Slender Man." A passing bicyclist found the victim and she was transported to a hospital in critical condition. Since then, she has improved to fair condition.
Wegner says he had never heard of the character Slender Man until news reports about the stabbing. Wegner had this message to the suspects: "We care about them. We feel for them and their families. We want to make sure they get the help they need."
The website where the girls found out about the character is banned throughout the Waukesha School District.
Wegner's interview will be on Good Morning America on WKOW Thursday morning.
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