Slenderman Stabbing : Parents, Please Pay Attention.

I wasn’t sure how nationally noticed the Slender Man murder case had become; it happened 2 hours from where I reside so the local news originally shared it with me.

Morgan GeyserAnissa Weier, twelve year old girls from Waukesha, Wisconsin attempted to murder their classmate & friend, Payton Leutner. When you hear people say Waukesha is a quiet community, they’re not off base.

The court proceedings have begun, meaning new information has become available regarding how something like this could happen. While none of it is logical, it should put weight on parent’s shoulders everywhere.

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Payton’s parents explained on ABC’s 20/20 the relationship between Morgan & their daughter. They’d been best friends since the 4th grade & Payton was excited about Morgan’s birthday party. With no reason for concern, they dropped her off expecting to hear stories of the night she’d been looking forward to. Instead, the following morning a detective & uniformed officer were knocking on their door.

When Stacie and Joe Leutner heard who was responsible for attacking their daughter, they searched their minds for any other alternative. Morgan was a young girl who had been in their home many times, over several years.

Payton was stabbed 19 times; one wound missing a major artery by the width of a human hair. 

As a parent, the first thing that enters my mind is…

I can’t even feel safe sending my child over to a friends house anymore.

Morgan’s parents dabbled in some dark hobbies and while that may provide an answer or two regarding why their daughter showed interest in fictional characters like Slenderman, she also had notebooks with disturbing drawings & dismembered Barbie dolls with cult symbols scribbled on their bodies.

Even if her parents knew of those [obviously questionable] items, additionally, in her bedroom, she had a list of supplies that she would need to attack Payton.

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Anissa & Morgan planned this & after their plan was complete, they left Payton in the woods as they walked away; on their way to a nonexistent mansion in the woods, to become Slender Man’s proxies.

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A bicyclist went off the beaten path that morning and found the bleeding, injured girl laying in the grass, gasping for help. Ironically, this man went on a chained off, restricted path… what are the odds?  

“There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed.”

[Napoleon Bonaparte]

While Payton was being operated on in a hospital bed, fighting for her life, her best friend was being interviewed by detectives.

In an interrogation room, Morgan told a story about how oddly calm they were as they walked down the road, covered in blood.

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Detective: “Silver Man?”

Anissa: “No. Slender Man.”

Detective: “Oh, Slender Man.”

Morgan: “And he has tendrils that are very sharp.”

Detective: “Do you see him in your dreams? Or where do you see him at?”

Morgan: “Oh, I see him in my dreams.”

They claimed the motive was simple, to prove Slenderman’s existence.

Anissa: “So, I decided to go along, tag along, to prove the skeptics

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wrong.”

Detective: “Ok, so did you think you actually had to kill somebody to prove it?”

Anissa: “Yeah.”

Detective: “Like for real?”

Anissa: “Yeah.”

Detective: “Ok.”

Later, it’s questioned how Morgan ended up with the kitchen knife.

Detective: “So, how did you get the knife from Anissa?

Morgan Geyser: “She sort of just shoved it into my hands… and there it was! And then I didn’t know what I did. It just sort of happened. It didn’t feel like anything. It was like air.”

When the girls were asked how they persuaded Payton into the woods…

Morgan Geyser: “We said we were going to go bird watching. People who trust you become very gullible, and it was sort of sad.”

Nine hours of interrogation tapes were released…maybe 10 minutes worth have been quoted. That’s chilling; these are twelve year old girls who will potentially be tried as adults for attempted murder & face 65 years in prison.

I am rarely at a loss for words but this about silences me. I believe if there is one thing I can take from this, is hope that every single parent is on the same page when I say:

Your children are not entitled to privacy. 

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Technology is so vast – Parents need to know how their kids are using it. 

When your kid is over at a friend’s house, look in their room. After they go to bed, look in their phone. Why? …Why not? Snooping is a privilege that’s handed down for giving life; seems like a fair trade.

I’m going to become an advocate for parental rights. Stand up to your children, do not worry about their feelings when it comes to privacy. Have confidence that if your kid winds up doing something crazy… the police aren’t going to find satanic drawings & voodoo dolls in their bedroom.

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[via: scienceofrelationships.com]
If you happen to stumble across some questionable items… ask. Open that thing called….what is it? Oh yeahconversation.

Maybe it’s not Slenderman.

Maybe it’s not something 100% obvious – just talk.

You need to know if your person, that you are responsible for is getting into things they shouldn’t be. You need to know who they’re spending their time with; get to know the parents of your children’s friends…

Pay attention to your kids. The Slenderman stabbing case should put weight on parent’s shoulders everywhere.

Watch out for them; be there.

Please, just be a parent.

I look dumb.

Bennett ran into his friend at a super cool, [loud-not-annoying-at-all] kids event we took him to last weekend.

[I’ll spare you the details]…

This friend of his pointed at me and asked my son if I was his mom.

She looks dumb.

When my kiddo was telling me this, I could see he was worried. He asked if it hurt my feelings & I very matter-o-factly told him …

I am very aware that I’m not dumb – someone’s words do not make me feel bad about myself.

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Who knew being called dumb by an 8 year old would result in such a nice lesson.

I’m glad we had that talk.

Have patience with all things

Mom, I have an idea…were the first words out of my son’s mouth when I woke him up for school. He’s a bright kid, so I’m always anxious to hear what’s going on in his busy mind.

“Can we both stay home today so I don’t have to go another whole day without seeing you?”

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You see…

We just moved & I spent the entire last weekend cleaning & emptying our old place. Monday came around & I left for work at approximately 7:45am; immediately after work I ventured over to a marketing class that I’m taking on Monday nights. During a class break, I called my son to tell him goodnight – ask how his day at school was & he was fast asleep by the time I got home at 10:00pm.

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I miss my kid.

Not that I’m proud to say it…but, I have probably been more absent in the day-to-day life of my kiddo in the past few weeks than ever before; keeping in mind that this is all for the best.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” — Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

This too shall pass, is what they say…whoever they are, they seem to have their crap together so I’ll take their word for it. I wish I knew who to thank for that short statement that puts things in perspective.

I am bettering my son’s life, my husband’s life & my own by accomplishing these tasks that take time. While this is the worst of times – I miss my family, I miss me time, I miss being bored…this is still the best of times.

Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself. -Saint Francis de Sales

Balance is a lovely thing I’ve stumbled upon recently.

I will take the time I get to spend with the people who hold my heart – and give them my undivided attention. I will take the time to expand my knowledge to secure our future & give that my undivided attention. I will find the time to unpack and make our new house a home… & give that my undivided attention…

…all at the right time. 

I’m thankful for the best & worst right now, for they will ultimately determine my destination. I may not know where I’m headed quite yet – but I’m moving in the correct direction, of that I’m sure.


Inspiration from: The Daily Post

I’m funny…[I think].

I’ve always basked in my ability to be clever. Watching expressions when I say something a little, or a lot off the wall… you could call it a form of entertainment if you’d like. I was invited to participate in the first annual Funny Blog Friday BlogHop & it was confirmed…

someone thinks I’m funny & now there’s a whole ridiculous bunch of us that are going to make your Fridays extra awesome.

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You’re welcome…We’re all happy to be here for you.
(Disclaimer: I do not have permission to speak on anyone’s behalf)

To make this dealio more enticing – we’re all offering Giveaways! Each blogger participating will be listed at the end of this post – with their individual giveaways and instructions to enter in their own space of the intraweb – I’ll provide you the links.

What’s your giveaway, Jen?
(Now I’m speaking for you…)

Ben (another blog-hopper) suggested that I giveaway an autographed picture of myself. Initially, I didn’t think the idea was awful; this is the picture I considered:

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I mean… who can’t appreciate a pink-tasseled-heart-sweater & massive chompers? It’s funny…[I think].

In typical Jen-Fashion I became analytic to a fault & for a multitude of reasons I decided it was weird for me to giveaway a 2nd grade picture of myself. I wonder what would happen to it if I actually mailed it out to the “winner”.  Could they even really call themselves that? Congrats…?

[Ha]

So, anyway…you’re going to have to get through my Friday Funnies before I tell you what I’m giving away.

I suppose you could skip it, and just move on to the end…but I’m asking you nicely to just give it a chance…if you don’t like it: proceed. I hope you like my giveaway…even if you don’t think I’m funny.

Costumes might seem like an obvious topic for today. (Happy Halloween!)…but, I’m going to run with it – cliche or not. The thing is, up until a child is a certain age, parents have the ability to dress their kids in whatever they want them to be for Halloween. That’s some real power; some parents embrace it & some parents are stupid…I don’t think I need to elaborate. 

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STUPID

…I feel like I am able to see this kid’s parents. Who raises a child who thinks that this costume is that funny? That’s an odd, obnoxious family right there. Ridiculous.

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QUESTIONABLE…

But, funny. It’s not like the parents are forcing the kiddos to include actual meth in their costumes – and I’m assuming that any parent that is going to go to these measures to make their children look like Mr. White & Jesse… aren’t lazy or stupid. Their kids have no clue what they are…but they know everyone likes it & that… is what’s important. Right? 

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I’m going to be honest – I’m not sure if this is a costume for Halloween or for a pageant of sorts… maybe? Isn’t it gross that’s even in the realm of possibilities? Ew.

I love Pretty Woman…along with the rest of my adult female friends – who the hello dresses their daughter up like a hooker? You can’t even play if off as anything even slightly more socially acceptable; everyone knows exactly who that hooker is. Someone call CPS.

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…The obvious is first that this litte girl is dressed up as a topless mermaid. As if that’s not bad enough…that sir, behind her has a shirt on that says, “Mermaid Assistant”. I have nothing more to say about this.

I’m going to end on a non-creepy note…

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Could these kids look anymore like the cast of Jersey Shore?…Yet, they are fully clothed & adorable. Way to go ‘rents!

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….If you skipped to the giveaway part of the post – you’ve found it.  

Since I decided against the photo… (you’re welcome) I’m offering a chance to win $50.00 towards your purchase of a Jersey Sweater

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If you don’t see your favorite team…you can request a knit…pretty nice of them, eh?

If you don’t have a favorite football team, head over to Onside Chick where the ladies can help you figure that out… [aka: Get It Together].

To Enter:
Like Properly Ridiculous on Facebook
Or, Follow Me On Twitter…

Or comment on this blog post.
Giveaway Entries will be accepted until 12:00PM CST Sunday November 7th & the winner will be announced on Properly Ridiculous at 5:00PM CST that day.

Now…not to be bossy – but check out this ridiculous bunch of bloggers & their giveaways.

Happy Friday.

The Funny Blog Friday Blog-Hoppers:

Victoria of Angst Anarchy

Alanna of White Girls Be Like…

Jamie of Fits of Wit

H.E. Ellis of H.E. Ellis 

Jessie of Jessie Reyna

Alice of Alice at Wonderland

Ben of Ben’s Bitter Blog

Lisa of Buddhaful Britt

JC of JCS Bloggery

Sarah of No Cry Babies

Elke of The Pretty Platform

Jack of The Things I see Up Here

Chicks A & E of Too Funny Chicks

Charly of Crazy Life

Kevin of Trailer Trash Deluxe

Karilin of That Nameless Color

[…we’ll be attempting to make every Friday funny on Twitter with the Hashtags: #FBF and #FunnyBlogFriday]

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Hump Day Humor #13

Perhaps you don’t believe in superstitions and you are never graced with bad luck…. I’m sure you’re really awesome.

I, on the other hand… am familiar with luck that’s not good & I sometimes give credit to false beliefs.

Seeing as this is my #13 Hump Day Humor post, I’ve chosen to go down the unlucky path & make you guys laugh with some other people’s misfortune……………which is usually a pretty good time.

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Good news: Builds character. However, this kid is unlucky to have him for dad.

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That guy… is a hilarious jerk & I bet they’re still friends…so, don’t hate him and appreciate the laugh.

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If I was a cat – this would be me. White girl (& orange tabby cats) can’t jump.

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Girls…even if you’re really talented on the pole – you should not be a stripper. Bad things always happen to strippers.

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Maybe try lifting weights instead of stripping… But, don’t get crazy like this girl… I’m glad she tucked & rolled (& slid). She managed to do that pretty gracefully.

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I hate it when I am trying to be sexy & my prop knocks me over.

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This guy was unlucky…because he didn’t even try. That is the laziest attempt at a hop I’ve ever seen. That’s what you get.

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Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha … This is why I have never been on a Segway.

So yeah…Hope your Wednesday is luckier than all that.