This whole Slender Man thing is getting way out of hand. What started as a viral Internet-based horror story is quickly being twisted and acted upon by brainless teenagers who see fit to do something ridiculous and then blame it on the fictitious character.
The New York Daily News is reporting that a Florida teen obsessed with the fictional horror character Slender Man set fire to her own home as her mom and brother slept inside.
Police said Lily Marie Hartwell allegedly soaked a towel and bed sheet with bleach and rum before setting them alight in the family’s Port Richey property early Thursday morning. The 14-year-old, who was reading an ebook about soul eaters after an earlier argument with her mother over household chores, then walked to a nearby park bathroom and went to sleep.
Her mom and 9-year-old sibling miraculously escaped the devastating blaze after being woken by a smoke alarm at 1:45 a.m. Realizing her daughter was not outside with them, her mom ran back inside – but was driven back by the heat. Firefighters then risked their lives to search for the Chasco Middle School student in the burning building but concluded she was not actually there. Some 17 laddermen then took several hours to knock down the flames. Later, Hartwell reportedly sent her mother an apologetic text message, which read: “Mom, I’m so sorry. I don’t know why I did it. Did any of [YOU] get hurt?”
Investigators claim she was fixated with the fictional Slender Man character – who is the subject of numerous online stories involving murder and sinister acts. In her journal, which was marked “Keep Out,” she reportedly wrote: “If this keeps up there will be no safety in this house.”
Once found, the teen was arrested and charged with one count of arson and two counts of attempted murder.
So yeah, let’s not blame these hideous actions on what the real problems are in this girl’s life… instead let’s blame Slender Man! Horror… society’s scapegoat since inception.
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