I'm sure you've read the story of Anna Bright, the 14-year-old daughter of Joseph and Patrice who committed suicide after binge-watching Netflix's 13 Reasons Why.
Anna is not the only teen to have taken her life within days of viewing the show. The families of two 15-year-old California teens, Bella and Priscilla, also blame their loved ones' deaths on the series. Both teens, who did not know one another, were struggling with depression, watched the show, apparently were triggered by it, and committed suicide. Their families are also calling for Netflix to abandon the series.
13 Reasons Why has become a lightning rod for critics who say it glorifies suicide and might even make it an attractive option for teenagers who are enduring difficult times in their lives. In fact, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center has an entire section of their website dedicated to 13 Reasons Why because of a noted increase in suicides and attempted suicides among teens.
Help me warn as many parents as possible about 13 Reasons Why. Despite pleas from pro-family groups to cancel 13 Reasons Why, Netflix is already planning to release Season 3 in May.
Please copy and paste the information below into an email and send it to everyone in your address book, especially those who have teenagers in their home.
I wanted to let you know about a petition that I signed concerning Netflix and its CEO, Reed Hastings. Through the American Family Association (AFA), I learned of a show called 13 Reasons Why that is airing on Netflix right now.
13 Reasons Why is extremely dangerous and has become a lightning rod for critics who say it glorifies suicide and may even make it an attractive option for teenagers who are enduring difficult times in their lives.
I'm warning my family and friends about 13 Reasons Why and am asking you to learn more at www.afa.net/netflix. I hope you will take time to read about 14-year-old Anna Bright, who is just one of many who committed suicide after binge-watching 13 Reasons Why.
Join me in signing the petition to Netflix, urging them to pull 13 Reasons Why before another teen decides to end his/her life through suicide.