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'Slenderman' website defends its content after Wisconsin girl's stabbing

The website that officials said helped inspire two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate brushed off criticism Tuesday, labeling the attack as an "isolated incident."

A 12-year-old Waukesha girl who survived being stabbed 19 times was found Saturday by a bicyclist, police said. Shortly afterward, two 12-year-old classmates were arrested and told police they were inspired by a creepy, fictional character known as Slenderman on the website Creepypasta Wiki, authorities said.

According to the website, "a creepypasta is a short story posted on the Internet that is designed to unnerve and shock the reader," and Creepypasta Wiki is a user-edited database of those stories, similar to Wikipedia.

"I'm going to make myself loud and clear: All works presented on this wiki and other sites (including Slenderman) are fictional stories and characters," a site administrator identified as Sloshtrain wrote Tuesday after the attack drew attention to the website.

The administrator also offered condolences to the families affected by the attack.

Both alleged attackers have been charged as adults with attempted murder. Police said they had been plotting the attack against their classmate for months. The victim was found by the cyclist after crawling for help.

Anthony Cotton, an attorney for one of the suspects, said he was concerned about her mental health and would repeat his request for the court to move her from juvenile detention to a mental health facility, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

In this May 31 photo, rescue workers take a stabbing victim to the ambulance in Waukesha, Wis. Prosecutors say two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death in the woods to please a mythological creature they learned about online. (AP Photo/Abe Van Dyke)

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In this May 31 photo, rescue workers take a stabbing victim to the ambulance in Waukesha, Wis. Prosecutors say two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death in the woods to please a mythological creature they learned about online. (AP Photo/Abe Van Dyke)

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