"13 Reasons Why" has become sensational as soon as it hit Netflix. However, some people are not fond of it, even blaming the series for "glamorizing suicide."
Originally, the Dylan Minette-starred series is has come from a young adult novel in 2007. It is a shy high school student named Clay Jensen who got a mysterious package sent on his mail. Soon after, he found himself uncovering the mystery behind his classmate, Hannah Baker, who decided to commit suicide.
While the plot sounds harmless, a New York City school recommends parents to refrain their children from watching the hit Netflix series, "13 Reasons Why."
"After hearing that some of our students have been watching 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, we felt it was important to reach out to the parent community to share our concerns and offer some advice," a statement from Stephen Gaynor School addressed to the parents. "This miniseries attempts to address many themes that can lead to important conversations with students; however, aspects of the miniseries go against the recommendations of mental health professionals and suicide prevention models."
Accoring to the New York Post, the school also said that the series shows the struggles of being a teenager while showcasing how committing suicide it a positive act. It also shows the actual, horrifying scene where Hanna took her life. Aside from the tragic display, it also simplifies the suicide's cause and effect and how easy it has become to blame anyone.
"13 Reasons Why" is rather TV-MA, meaning, it is intended for mature audiences. Therefore, the New York school advised the parents to put enough consideration whether they will allow their young adults to watch it or not. Also, it is important to properly discuss the series with their teen whether they have watched it or not.
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