Morgan Geyser was a 12 year old girl. She came from a loving home with strong familial bonds. She had an undiagnosed mental illness, which she had been hiding from her parents. She became fixated on an idea, which developed into a delusion. This delusion provoked a very violent crime. The victim lived. Morgan Geyser is now being prosecuted for said violent crime. In December of 2014 Morgan was found competent to stand trial. More recently, on March 13th, the judge found probable cause to charge Morgan with 1st degree attempted homicide, which means she will end up in the adult court system, and will face up to 60 years in prison.
While we DO NOT condone or support any violent crime, let alone this particular event, we believe that this crime is a symptom of a greater, and deeper social issue: mental illness. We believe that Morgan is a child with mental illness who needs help, not exile. In addition, this webpage is NOT operated by any member of Morgan Geyser’s family, and is independently administrated.
There is a strong and prevalent push to treat this 12 year old child as a competent adult, and very little credence is being paid to her now diagnosed, yet untreated schizophrenia. As is often the case, she has and is being tried in the media. The media is demonizing Morgan in its endless effort to turn a buck from the misery of the world. It is quite clear that Morgan is mentally ill, and that this untreated mental illness precipitated the aforementioned violent crime. Even the media has latched on to the figure of Morgan’s delusions, and cast it center stage, coining the phrase: the ‘Slender Man stabbing’.
We believe that we can be Morgan’s slender chance – her slender chance at receiving the help she needs! The easy route is clear: lock her up, throw away the key – out of sight, out of mind. But we believe that Morgan Geyser is the canary in the mine. The crime at the center of this case is merely the symptom; the problem is untreated mental illness. This problem does not exist in a vacuum, rather it is a problem that touches most of us. Whether we have a family member, friend, coworker, or we ourselves suffer from some form of mental illness, we recognize that it is in fact an illness. In an undiagnosed, untreated state, Morgan could not control her delusions any more than a person with cancer can control tumor growth.
If our response is to simply exile the weak and the ill because we do not like the outcome of their untreated illness, then we are clearly living in a doomed society! Society as a whole is made of individuals, just like Morgan. Each and every one of us goes through periods of illness, and weakness, and what we need is understanding, compassion and care. Why then would we treat this 12 year old child any differently? Why would we demonize her in the media, seek to treat her as an adult, and dismiss the mitigating circumstances pertaining to her mental illness?
We are positing the notion that Morgan needs and deserves treatment! There is no way to undo the harm that has already transpired, but we can certainly prohibit any more from occurring.
In an increasingly chaotic world with dwindling resources, where overcrowding is the rule not the exception, we can expect to see more and more mental illness. It is easy to dismiss until it touches down in your life, but the devastation it can create is terrifying. As a society we need to take responsibility for our own!
How can you help?
Get involved! Engage by commenting on blog posts. Share this page on your social media sites. Tell the people you know, and ask them to tell the people they know. Donate with the button on the Support page – funds which will cover legal fees for Morgan Geyser – and receive a complementary sticker to help promote Morgan’s cause. Join our Letter Writing Pool and write letters to the judge asking him to move her case to juvenile court. Be a part of the solution, instead of the problem!