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School Officials, Counselors Slam ’13 Reasons Why’ for Glorifying Teen Suicide

The U.S. News and World Report – Lauren Camera

“A popular new Netflix show about a teenage girl who is raped, bullied, dismissed by her high school guidance counselor and who ultimately commits suicide is challenging school officials, teachers, mental health experts and others concerned that the series glorifies suicide. At least one school district superintendent is linking the new series, called “13 Reasons Why,” to an uptick in dangerous behavior among students. “As a father of a teenager and tween, I am very concerned about a dangerous trend we have observed in our schools in recent days,” wrote Robert Avossa, the superintendent of the Palm Beach County schools in Florida, in a letter sent to parents informing them that school personnel have observed increased levels of self-mutilation and threats of suicide at the elementary and middle school level.”(more)

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