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Muskegon School District Sent Warning to Parents About Popular Netflix Show

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One of the biggest Netflix original series at the moment is 13 Reasons Why. With Selena Gomez as an executive producer, the show follows a high school teenager trying to figure out why his classmate killed herself.  The 13 cassette tapes she recorded before her death are the “reasons why” she committed suicide.

While the show has been receiving a lot of attention, since airing on March 31, and getting some positive feedback for bringing suicide awareness to light; it has also received criticism. MLive reports that the Muskegon’s Intermediate School District are concerned the show is sending the wrong message and have sent a letter home to parents in response.

The letter states that the adults depicted in the show seem uninterested or unwilling to help the teenagers.

“Unfortunately, this could lead teens to believe that there would not be anyone that they could talk to in their school or home regarding depression and suicide.”

Muskegon ISD wanted parents to know that they offer services to help kids and parents on how to talk about suicide.

Muskegon isn’t the only city in Michigan who has sent a warning to parents regarding the record-breaking series. MLive says Grand Blanc sent a letter home a week ago. While other schools around the country have done the same thing thinking the show is “glamorizing” suicide.

Have you seen the show? If so, do you agree with Muskegon ISD’s (and the other schools) for sending a letter home to parents? 

While I have not seen the show myself to comment on the feedback in general, it’s important to know that suicide is NEVER the answer. You DO have someone to talk to and you DO have people who care about you. If you want to talk to someone in confidence, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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