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Teen series may cause audience harm

Students are warned by counselors not to binge watch the series, "13 Reasons Why"

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“13 Reasons Why” splashed into the monster of teenage emotion, and people started binge watching the show.

Many believe the show is a great way to bridge the gap between parents and their teenage sons and daughters.

The show inspires conversations about suicide, mental health issues, rape and bullying among an assortment of other issues that teens face in schools every day.

The whole show is about suicide.

Proceed with caution, for there are spoilers

The premise of the show is a young high school student Hannah Baker who kills herself and sends 13 tapes to 13 people who caused her to kill herself.

Many find the suicide scene important.

The TV producers show Baker placing herself into a bathtub and very violently and graphically slicing her wrists. In the book, she took a bunch of pills.

While the suicide added many levels to the story, psychologists expressed concerns that her actions glorified suicide as revenge.

Suicide is not a means to get revenge on those who hurt you.

Baker’s television suicide also created fears of copycat suicides. School districts, principals, school psychologist and counselors have already seen an increase of behaviors from at-risk students  (especially   those  in  late elementary school and middle school) who experience a strong connection with this show’s protagonist. School officials throughout America have been sending emails out to teachers and parents to keep an eye out on at-risk students.

Mental health issues should have been widely-discussed topic throughout every type that Baker recorded.

She, like many of us, is surrounded by many teenagers with a wide range of mental health issues. The most common one we see is depression, but the issue with the show was that depression was never discussed. We see a few scenes when it seems we are going to get an actual discussion on depression: We see it a little bit when she records the tapes. We see it a bit when she’s trying to deal with her external conflicts.

Other then that, they completely ignore mental health issues as a major cause for suicide.

Bullying, sexual assault and rape is something that every high school student is in proximity of.

Hannah Baker, in her short high school career, experienced everything from bullying and rape. Bullying is a huge problem in schools nowadays; according to the Nation Center of Edu- cation Statistics, about 14 percent of students report being bullied every year in schools.

The other major factor Baker mentions in her suicide tapes is rape and sexual assault. According to rainn.org, one in every six women are victims of attempted rape or actual rape in their lifetime. Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.

Another element of this story every- one seems to be ignoring is the other students who were one of the thirteen reasons.   We see two other kids go through intense amount of suffering.

Alex, who is on the first side of the tape blames himself throughout the whole series for mistakes that he made. We see him giving up on himself and everything around him with no one to rely on until he decides to shoot himself in the last episode.

The other one we seem to ignore is Tyler. Tyler is bullied from the moment we listen to his tape. In the last episodes, we seeing Tyler buying multiple guns and ammo. We completely ignore the pain these two characters suffer. It’s like the show wanted us to feel a sense of justice for Baker and telling us these characters got what they deserved–which should not have been the case.

One of the major concepts of this show is Hannah Baker had no one to turn to.

She had no one to help her with everything she is dealing with. She never went to her parents or even told Clay, the main protagonist, what was happening in her life.

The one person she did ask help from, the school counselor, failed to console her. The counselor scene discourages teens to trust adults.

As season two was announced, I can only imagine what Netflix will do next. Netflix wants to do something the fans love. Viewers are loving the idea of the new season starting out with Tyler los- ing his mind. The idea of a Columbine school shooting incident coming to life on tv can leave fans hoping for another season.

Counselors, teachers, other adults, and students around you are here if you need someone to talk. If you are looking for someone who is unbiased towards your situation, callers at the Idaho Suicide Hotline (208-398-4357) are willing to talk and help at any time.

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