School boards warn parents about the new Netflix series '13 Reasons Why'

Some schools in Maryland are warning parents about a Netflix series many students are binge watching. She records 13 tapes to give to the individuals who she says played some sort of role in her death, leaving her friend Clay (Dylan Minnette) to uncover the harsh reality behind her heartbreaking decision. "Although labeled as a "Young Adult" novel, "Thirteen Reasons Why" contains very mature subject matter including suicide and rape".

Just weeks after launching on Netflix, 13 Reasons Why is already 2017's most tweeted-about show.

"13 Reasons Why" is now streaming on Netflix.

"13 Reasons Why", a fictional show that has received praise from critics, in part, for its mature approach to hard subject matter, revolves around 17-year-old Hannah Baker, a high school student who kills herself and leaves behind audiotapes detailing the events that led to her death. Others, including experts, have said the show "glamorizes" suicide with its graphic scenes depicting death and rape.

Garner has encouraged parents and guardians to check with their children to find out if they've seen or continue to watch the show and provided talking points to assist in any conversations about the topic of suicide. As most of us know, high school is not always an easy place to be, especially in this social media age where bullying is skyrocketing. "Have you talked to them about what's happening?"

Studies show that at least 90 percent of teens who kill themselves have some type of mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol abuse, or a behavior problem. Sheff added that doing otherwise, in terms of showing Hannah's suicide, is the "most irresponsible thing".

"13 Reasons Why" is a series based on a book that follows a high school student who tries to find out why a classmate chose to commit suicide, according to a letter issued to parents and guardians by Superintendent Clarence Garner. "Do you know what your kids are watching?"

  • Salvatore Jensen