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via Paul Berry, SD71 Director of Health and Safety - Apr 25, 2017.

I am sure that you are already aware of the controversy growing around Net Flick's new series 13 Reasons Why. "13 Reasons" is the story of a high school junior who commits suicide and leaves behind cassette tapes that outline each person who contributed to her wanting to end her life. In addition to graphic images of the suicide, the show also includes graphic depictions of rape and violence.


A concern of suicide prevention experts is that the show might glamorize suicide and cause a child who already is thinking about it to copycat. The concern is that for somebody who is in pain and vulnerable and isolated, you aren't sure how people are going to interpret the message. Please see the attached link for further information that you may find helpful in supporting parents who may be seeking advice regarding this series.