Many of you may have heard about an incident that happened in Wisconsin regarding two girls stabbing a third girl in the woods, due to a fear of a fictional character called “Slender Man”.
What you may not know is that one of the children being prosecuted for this crime is Morgan Geyser, a 12-year old girl diagnosed with childhood onset schizophrenia.
Last Friday, the judge presiding over this case determined that this child will be prosecuted for first degree attempted homicide in adult court. As you can imagine, her family and lawyer don’t believe a child with a brain disorder should be prosecuted as an adult.
There will be a hearing in June before this judge to argue moving the case to juvenile court. Her family feels that letters addressed to the court from other parents of children with mental illnesses – particularly schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder – that discuss the challenges and issues our children endure with these illnesses, may help convince the judge that the case belongs in juvenile court.
If you would like to write a letter on Morgan’s behalf, please address your letter to The Honorable Judge Michael O. Boren, the judge in this case.
Please be courteous, tell your story, and please try to keep your letter to two typed pages or less.
Morgan’s lawyer has advised her parents to collect the letters, so when your letter is complete, please mail it to:
Support for Morgan Geyser
PO Box 865
Waukesha, WI 53187-0865
If you have any questions, please email me and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you.