Schools Sending Dire Warnings To Parents About New Netflix Show

Teen suicide has come back into the spotlight in a big way. That’s not because a rash of them have occurred recently, but rather because a new show from Netflix focuses on the issue in an incredibly powerful way. As such, there are concerns that the show, “13 Reasons Why,” may be unintentionally glorifying suicide as a way for teens to deal with their problems.

As the Independent Journal Review shares, the show is produced by Selena Gomez and based on a 2007 book from author Jay Asher. The show focuses on main character Hannah Baker, who has decided to take her own life. Prior to doing that, she leaves behind recordings for each of the 13 people that played a role in her decision.

The show has struck a serious chord, as it touches on issues of bullying and sexual assault in addition to teen suicide. School districts have started taking the step of informing parents that the show may be glamorizing suicide, and many experts are worried about the same.

“For teens who are battling mental health issues, witnessing the end of a life as easily as the show portrayed it could help desensitize kids to this very serious matter,” said Alexa Curtis, the founder of the nonprofit Media Impact and Navigation for Teens program.

Netflix is aware of the discussion going on about the show, and the company has released a statement in response.

“We've heard from our members that “13 Reasons Why” has opened up a dialogue among parents, teens, schools and mental health advocates around the intense themes and difficult topics depicted in the show. We knew the material covered sensitive topics, as the book did when it was published in 2007, and we worked with mental health experts to show how these issues impact teens in real and dramatic ways. With this in mind, we gave the series a TV-MA rating, added explicit warnings on the three most graphic episodes,” the statement read in part.

Source: Independent Journal Review
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