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Slender Chance Slender Win

11826007_1465859523716099_3759901489993067336_nHer slender chance has become her slender win, or so it seems after recent news places Morgan Geyser in a treatment facility since January 2016. Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel explains, “One of the two girls charged in the 2014 Slender Man stabbing case has been getting psychiatric treatment at a state mental hospital after a judge committed her there in mid-January.” According to Anthony Cotton, Morgan’s attorney, “She’s made substantial progress…The voices are disappearing…More recently, Morgan began expressing remorse; she’s starting to feel regular and normal emotions now,” and all as a result of medication and treatment. According to Vielmetti the decision to commit Morgan for treatment was a civil judgment, and is being handled seperately from her criminal case.

Screen Shot 2016-03-13 at 10.50.24 AMThis is not the only positive development though. As many of you know, last August Judge Michael Bohren ruled that Morgan’s case would not be remanded to juvenile court. Rather she would be tried as an adult for attempted first-degree intentional homicide. If tried and convicted as an adult, the now 13 year old (11 at the time of the crime) would face a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison. Morgan’s attorney subsequently petitioned the Court of Appeals, and that decision is scheduled to be forthcoming. During the lengthy interim, while the Wisconsin state Department of Justice requested three extensions to its deadline, slenderchance.com has been coordinating supporters. Our Letter Writing efforts have been on petitioning Judges Paul Reilly, Lisa Stark, and Lisa Neubauer (Court of Appeals), and it has become evident that it is making a difference. A recent local WISN report stated, “People from across the country are pleading for leniency for two young girls suspected in what’s become known as the Slenderman stabbing.” (Nick Bohr, WISN) Bohr continued, “Dozens of letters from all over the U.S. are being sent to the court, asking for leniency for the pair.” According to WISN many of these letters are form written, which are likely those created YOU! We are so pleased that individuals like you have chosen to take the precious time to be Morgan Geyser’s voice. It is equally assuring to know that there are people who are willing to see beyond retribution. Our efforts are focused on taking a very tragic situation, and arresting its course. We cannot undo what has already transpired, but we can take responsibility and inhibit further harm from occurring.

beware-the-slendermanIn other news, “Beware the Slenderman”, an HBO Documentary Film directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky recently made waves at the SXSW Film Festival. According to Vielmetti, Brodsky commented on the participation of Morgan’s parents, saying “she was astonished at the parents’ honesty and called them brave to be part of the film, which she showed each family separately. She said it was emotional because the parents saw their girls have now become their own Internet memes.” (Bruce Vielmetti, Journal Sentinel) While we at slenderchance.com have not seen the documentary, we understand that it provides a more objective perception for audiences, concerning the sensationalized case. All of this together may just provide what we have been seeking all along for Morgan Geyser – her slender chance for justice!

You Can Make A Difference

11186379_392078917650487_166879242_nYou can make a difference in a very direct way! Often I find myself watching an intense documentary or television series, and I come away feeling motivated to make a difference, yet I do not see where in my life I can apply myself to make that difference. Today I’m thinking of the popular Netflix series “Making a Murderer“. Equally as often we find ourselves discovering a miscarriage of justice that has occurred, and while our hearts may go out to those affected by such an injustice, we are helpless to assist. As in the case of Steven Avery, Morgan Geyser’s case has already been tried and vilified in the media, ad nauseam. She will not overcome this impediment without our support! Morgan Geyser‘s case is an opportunity to help in a very direct way. By writing letters to the Court of Appeals we can encourage Judges Paul Reilly, Lisa Stark, and Lisa Neubauer to remand Morgan’s case to juvenile court.

When Morgan was arrested she was barely 12 years old, and suffered from undiagnosed and untreated childhood onset schizophrenia. While we are not excusing her actions, we are seeking justice for a mentally ill child, who was incapable of changing her course of action. By scanning the newsfeed on our Home Page you can begin to construct a picture in your mind of an empathic child suffering from a disease that alters her entire perception of reality. The violence that came to pass as a result of these all encompassing delusions cannot be erased, or undone. And while that tragedy remains, so too does another tragedy unfold, one which we can impact in a very direct way.

Judge Michael BohrenThe state of Wisconsin seeks to treat Morgan Geyser as an adult, and will not treat her now diagnosed mental illness. While Judge Michael Bohren acknowledges that Morgan Geyser will not receive adequate mental health treatment if she ends up at Taycheedah Women’s Prison when she turns 18, he maintains that moving the case to juvenile court will “unduly depreciate the seriousness of the offense” (Journal Sentinel). In defense of his ruling, Bohren further stated, “There has to be assurance to the public — and to these defendants as well — that a serious offense has to be dealt with on a serious basis that offers protection to everyone” (Journal Sentinel). For my more adept readers, there seems to be an inherent contradiction here: Bohren recognizes that Geyser will not receive adequate mental health treatment if tried as an adult, yet maintains that his ruling “offers protection to everyone”.

handwritten-letter“Every day that passes without treatment decreases the likelihood that she will recover and have the opportunity to become a productive member of society. Morgan is just a child, and she deserves that opportunity and a second chance at life”, pleads Angie Geyser in her Petition at Change.Org. We too plead with you to join our Letter Writing Pool, and demand that the Court of Appeals remand Morgan’s case to juvenile court. This child should not face an adult charge of attempted homicide, with a toll of 60 years in prison, when the evidence clearly indicates that she committed the crime as a result of severe and untreated mental illness.

Please write respectfully to Judges Paul Reilly, Lisa Stark, and Lisa Neubauer asking them to move Morgan’s case to juvenile court. Letters should be sent to the following address:

Judges Paul Reilly, Lisa Stark, and Lisa Neubauer
Court of Appeals – District II
2727 N. Grandview Blvd Ste 300
Waukesha, WI 53188-1671

You may download the attached file, print, sign and send. It will cost you a sheet of paper, an envelope and a stamp, but the impact will be tremendous!

Download Here: Morgan-CourtofAppeals

Another way to support Morgan, aside from the Letter Writing Pool is to donate to her legal defense. Every contribution, $5 or more, will award donators a slenderchance.com sticker, which can be displayed in support of Morgan’s cause. As most of you know, legal costs are astronomically high, and Morgan’s case is no exception. Every contribution will support costs associated with Morgan’s imprisonment, legal costs, and treatment. Together we can be her slender chance!

“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.” 
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Court of Appeals Letters

WisconsinmapCourt of Appeals Letters are on the front burner, as we hope that by writing letters to Judges Paul Reilly, Lisa Stark, and Lisa Neubauer (Court of Appeals) we can provide them with a different perspective concerning Morgan Geyser’s case. We would like to remind them that Morgan is a 13 year old child (barely 12 at the time of the incident) with untreated schizophrenia.

11826007_1465859523716099_3759901489993067336_nWe need to remind them that scientific studies have shown that children are not developmentally capable of understanding the cause/effect of their actions in the same manner as adults, which is precisely why the juvenile court system exists. If the severity of the crime dictates whether a child should be tried in adult court, then we have truly lost track of what “a concern for justice, peace, and genuine respect for people” means.

We must remind them that Morgan needs and deserves treatment, care, compassion, and understanding. Morgan is a mentally ill child, and like any child suffering from illness she needs support and help, not exile!

Please write respectfully to Judges Paul Reilly, Lisa Stark, and Lisa Neubauer asking them to move Morgan’s case to juvenile court. Letters should be sent to the following address:

Judges Paul Reilly, Lisa Stark, and Lisa Neubauer
Court of Appeals – District II
2727 N. Grandview Blvd Ste 300
Waukesha, WI 53188-1671

You may download the attached file, print, sign and send. It will cost you a sheet of paper, an envelope and a stamp, but the impact will be tremendous!

Download Here: Morgan-CourtofAppeals

“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.” ~ Lloyd Shearer

Letter Writing Made Easy

11186379_392078917650487_166879242_nThose of us with busy lives need letter writing made easy, and so we introduce yet another efficient way to support Morgan Geyser. Simply download the attached document, print, sign and send! A little background on the document: this letter was prepared by a SlenderChance.com supporter who is also a professional psychologist. The idea is that we are all very busy, so the thought of penning a letter and sending it can seem daunting, but if we could provide potential supporters an option that is both intelligent and, more importantly, pre-existing, then the likelihood is greater that more people will take the time to stuff an envelope and lick a stamp.

Many of you have already heard this message, in one form or another, and perhaps you have sent a letter, or maybe you are still finding time do so. If you have not then we urge you take the time to download the attached letter, print, sign and send it to the address below. Next month heralds Morgan Geyser’s slender chance – the reverse waiver hearing, during which she will have one last opportunity to be remanded to juvenile court. We believe that by bombarding judge Michael Bohren with letters (prior to June 17th, 2015) attesting to the importance of remanding Morgan Geyser’s case to juvenile court, he will have the realization that a logical, rational citizenry is calling not for leniency, but justice for a child with schizophrenia.

handwritten-letterAs I have said before and will likely say again, we cannot undo the damage that has already transpired, but we can work towards reducing or eliminating further damage from occurring. We need to put our emotions aside for a moment and recognize that Morgan Geyser is a sick child who needs our support, care and compassion. She needs us to rally our collective voice and be her slender chance at both treatment and justice!

DOWNLOAD LETTER HERETemplate_Honorable-Judge-Michael-Bohren

Support for Morgan Geyser
P.O. Box 865
Waukesha, WI 53187-0865

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

You Are Her Slender Chance

IMG_3152It is now clear that you are her slender chance, based on the Support Morgan Geyser has already received through our collective efforts! Since it’s launch, slenderchance.com has received over a dozen communications and donations! Slender Chance supporters will be receiving their stickers via USPS over the next several days, and we ask that you proudly display your sticker in a place where it can have the most impact! While the Letter Writing Pool is amassing a few communications to The Honorable Judge Michael Bohren, many more are still needed! Morgan Geyser needs a flood of letters to be poured upon the desk of The Honorable Judge Michael BohrenMorgan_Table_Crop, requesting, as a rational and logical citizenry, that her case be remanded to juvenile court. Morgan Geyser is a 12 year old child suffering from schizophrenia, and she needs our compassion and support! If you cannot write a letter, or donate to Morgan’s cause, please take a moment to share Slender Chance on your social media sites, or with your friends and family via email. Many thanks to those who have done so!

We also understand that this is a hot topic, and it often takes numerous efforts before a person can make the mental leap, and realize that while we cannot undo the damage that has already occurred, we can certainly reduce further damage, by taking responsibility for our weak and ill. Together we can be her slender chance!

“Give me your tired, your poor, 
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, 
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. 
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: 
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
~ Emma Lazarus