Well, here's the most recent example of what happens when these types of ideas are embraced and taken to the next level. Call it bad parenting (maybe they believe this nonsense too), failure of our educational system to teach critical thinking skills, untreated mental illness, whatever, the bottom line is that three young lives have been ruined and/or permanently damaged because of belief in this silliness. And the sad thing is, rather than helping kids understand this stuff for what it is, this story will probably only encourage more belief.
What's the harm, right?
Charges detail Waukesha pre-teens' attempt to kill classmate
On Monday, the two Waukesha girls were charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court as adults with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, each facing up to 65 years in prison. Their victim, another 12-year-old from Waukesha, was stabbed 19 times by either Geyser or Weier or both, according to a criminal complaint. All three attend Horning Middle School in Waukesha.
Geyser and Weier are being held on $500,000 bail each. The pre-teens attempted murder, they told police, to pay homage to a fictional character who they believed was real after reading about him on a website devoted to horror stories.
Both suspects explained the stabbing to police referencing their dedication to Slender Man, the character they discovered on a website called Creepypasta Wiki, which is devoted to horror stories.
Oh, and before someone counters with "well, that's just an isolated incident", just in the last couple of months we've had news of parents killing their children because of alleged demon possession, children dying of treatable illnesses due to religious beliefs, an albino killed in Africa so somebody could make tea out of her bones, endangered species taken to the brink of extension because some guy thinks magic powder can get his dick hard, a car wreck in Oregon because some kid had heard you're supposed to hold your breath when going through tunnels, etc. etc.
In 2014, we as a planet should be moving away from this nonsense.