Jack Levin, a pro­fessor of soci­ology and crim­i­nology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, told The Post the emphasis in this case has been on the girls’ rela­tion­ship to Slender Man when it should be on their rela­tion­ship to each other.

This was a secret shared by two girls, a plan hatched in pri­vate, a pact made between them,” he said. “During that time, it brought them closer together. It vital­ized their rela­tion­ship. For 12-​​year-​​old girls, friend­ship means every­thing. It’s easy to blame the Internet. The truth is, it had much more to do with the rela­tion­ship between the girls.”

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