Her 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.
This 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.
In 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!
Morgan Geyser is turning thirteen in jail today! Can you imagine when you were twelve going on thirteen, or when your child was, and celebrating that transition in a windowless cell? Her family does not get to see her today, to hold her close in embrace, to light thirteen candles atop a cake. Gifts will not be exchanged, and it is likely that it will go unnoticed on “the inside”. We ask why – why must it be this way? But we know the answer: our society is ill-equipped to deal with mental illness! Morgan Geyser is a schizophrenic child, suffering from debilitating delusions; she is sick and needs our help, but our “justice” system deems otherwise. They believe that this delusional child should be isolated and denied treatment, interaction and stimulus. As we all know, this is hard for anyone to deal with – near total isolation, only your thoughts bouncing around your head – but even more so for a person suffering from schizophrenia, and a child at that.
We at SlenderChance.com believe that Morgan Geyser deserves treatment for schizophrenia, and her case should be remanded to juvenile court. Today, on her thirteenth birthday, we ask two things of you: if you have not Written a Letter or utilized our Template Letter to contact the Honorable Judge Michael Bohren, we ask that you do so; this is the most valuable birthday gift that you can provide! Second, we ask that everyone (regardless of whether you are a supporter, or not) take a moment in your day and silently wish Morgan a peaceful birthday in jail! If you are anything like us, call it prayer, meditation, invocation, or wish, we believe that she will be able to feel our sentiment, and that may be the only solace she receives on her thirteen birthday. Together we can be her slender chance!
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop
Take the Mental Illness Quiz and determine if you (a) believe that mental illness is a disease, and (b) if you support Morgan Geyser! There is much conjecture and controversy surrounding the case of Morgan Geyser, and it has become apparent that people support her without even knowing it. After asking a few questions, most people (even those whose knee-jerk reaction is to damn Morgan) agree that she deserves proper health care, and her case should be remanded to juvenile court. We have recently seen a dramatic increase in support for Morgan Geyser, both nationally and locally, and we believe this is owing to a rational and logical citizenry, willing to reevaluate the circumstances.
Do you believe:
- A disease prevents the body or mind from working normally? (yes) +1, (no) -1
- A disease has harmful symptoms? (yes) +1, (no) -1
- Disease affects both individuals and groups of individuals? (yes) +1, (no) -1
- A person with a disease deserves treatment? (yes) +1, (no) -1
Tally your score, and let’s review the definition of disease:
- “An illness that affects a person, animal, or plant: a condition that prevents the body or mind from working normally.” Merriam-Webster
- “A pathological condition of a body part, an organ, or a system resulting from various causes, such as infection, genetic defect, or environmental stress, and characterized by an identifiable group of signs or symptoms.” Dictionary.com
- “Any harmful, depraved, or morbid condition, as of the mind or society.” Dictionary.com
- Antonyms: “Health, Wellness” Merriam-Webster
If you scored a 4 then you understand the definition of disease (Yay YOU)! If you scored anything less than 4, take a moment to review the definitions from Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com before moving forward. The study of disease has been around as long as humankind, so there is a wealth of information available on the subject. You should now have a strong understanding of what a disease is, and what the repercussions are. So now let’s see if you believe that childhood schizophrenia is a disease.
Do you believe:
- Schizophrenia prevents the body or mind from working normally? (yes) +1, (no) -1
- Schizophrenia has harmful symptoms? (yes) +1, (no) -1
- Schizophrenia affects both individuals and groups of individuals? (yes) +1, (no) -1
- A person with schizophrenia deserves treatment? (yes) +1, (no) -1
Tally your score, and let’s review the definition of childhood schizophrenia:
- “Childhood schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder in which children interpret reality abnormally.”
- “Schizophrenia involves a range of problems with thinking (cognitive), behavior or emotions. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thinking and behavior. Signs and symptoms may vary, but they reflect an impaired ability to function.”
- “People can describe symptoms in a variety of ways. How a person describes symptoms often depends on the cultural lens she is looking through. African Americans and Latinos are more likely to be misdiagnosed, probably due to differing cultural or religious beliefs or language barriers.”
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
- “Schizophrenia requires lifelong treatment. Identifying and starting treatment for childhood schizophrenia as early as possible may significantly improve your child’s long-term outcome.”
If you scored a 4 then you clearly understand childhood schizophrenia AND believe that childhood schizophrenia is a disease (as you can see by looking back, it fits all aspects of the definition of disease). If you scored anything less than 4, take a moment to review the definitions from the Mayo Clinic and NAMI.
It is well publicized at this point that Morgan Geyser, a now 12 year old child, has been diagnosed with childhood schizophrenia, and as a consequence exhibited and exhibits the symptoms of the disease. Sadly, this brain disease resulted in a delusional state, during which a violent and tragic act occurred. When a person with undiagnosed and untreated narcolepsy causes a near fatal incident, they are not denied treatment and jailed; nor is it the case that a person with undiagnosed and untreated diabetes is charged with a crime when a near fatal incident occurs as a result of their illness. While we are not calling for a pardon in Morgan Geyser’s case, we are calling for this 12 year old child to be allowed treatment, and to face charges in juvenile court. Currently she is facing charges of first degree attempted homicide in adult court. Please take a moment to sign the Petition at Change.Org, Write a Letter to Judge Michael Bohren, or Donate to Morgan’s treatment and legal defense; together we can be her slender chance!
“The physician should not treat the disease but the patient who is suffering from it.” ~ Maimonides
A bail reduction motion for Morgan Geyser may provide her the opportunity to receive the treatment she needs! Judge Michael Bohren will decide next Friday, April 24th, 2015 if Morgan Geyser’s bail will be reduced. If granted, the bail modification request will provide Morgan the opportunity to attend a residential treatment facility at her families’ expense. An article today in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel by writer Bruce Vielmetti explains the details behind this Recent Development.
Now more than ever your Support is needed! This crux decisions means a multitude of things; first and foremost, if Judge Michael Bohren agrees to reduce her bail, it means that Morgan can begin receiving the treatment she desperately needs. It also means that her family will be facing a significant financial burden. The kind of facility that can provide Morgan with the treatment she needs, pending the outcome of her case, a Wauwatosa residential treatment center, is VERY expensive! The financial burden of such treatment would rest solely on Morgan’s family, were it not for the Support feature on this page. Every donation contributes to the now limited financial pool, which Morgan’s family draws from while attempting to address her schizophrenia. Supporters will receive a slenderchance.com sticker, which we hope you will display in a prominent location, in solidarity with us!
This is also a key moment for a logical, rational citizenry to be writing letters to the Honorable Judge Michael Bohren, asking him to remand her case to juvenile court. Join our Letter Writing Pool and communicate these important matters now, either in the preferred method of Snail Mail (preferred because it has a stronger, physical impact), or by using the Email Option on the Contact page. Please address The Honorable Judge Michael Bohren directly and ask him to remand Morgan’s case to juvenile court. Morgan Geyser is a twelve year old child, with untreated schizophrenia, and she needs our help; you can be her slender chance!
“Stop doing what is easy. Start doing what is right.” ~ Roy Bennett