The film "Slender Man" it will not be shown in Milwaukee's theaters next to the teenage stabbing site

The film "Slender Man" it will not be shown in Milwaukee's theaters next to the teenage stabbing site

The film, which opens on Friday, tells the story of a group of Massachusetts friends trying to prove whether the slenderman figure of the internet is similar to a boogeyman until one of them disappears, according to IMDb.

The film is not based on real events.

In 2014, a gruesome case involving the character drew national attention. Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier – both 12 at the time – have attracted a classmate in a park in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and they stabbed 19 times, officials said. The victim survived, crawling to safety before being discovered by a passing cyclist.

The Marcus Corporation, a theater company in Wisconsin, has decided it will not show the film in several locations in the Milwaukee and Waukesha counties out of respect for the families of the girls and others who have been affected by the case.

"Like many people in the United States, Marcus Theaters was deeply worried and saddened when the Slender Man phenomenon touched the southeast of Wisconsin in such a profound way, changing the lives of many families forever," the company said in a declaration to the affiliate of CNN WTMJ.

Teenagers are engaged in the mental institution

After lengthy judicial procedures, both teenagers accused in the 2014 stab were sent to mental hospitals.

Last year Geyser pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and was sentenced to spend 40 years in a psychiatric institution instead of serving prison. She was diagnosed with schizophrenia a few months after the attack, according to the CNN WISN affiliate.

As part of the agreement, according to the law of Wisconsin, a judge found her not guilty of mental illness or defect, which means that she will ultimately not be held criminally responsible for the attack.

Last year, Weier pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder due to mental illness or defect as part of a similar plea agreement that would accept the commitment to institutional care. A judge ordered her to spend 25 years in a mental health center in December.

CNN generally does not mention minors accused of crimes, but it makes exceptions if they are accused – as were Geyser and Weier – as adults.

Joy Marcell and Dakin Andone from CNN contributed to this report.


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