The just-released, Bay Area-based Netflix show 13 Reasons Why, produced by actress Selena Gomez, has been cause for concern for the San Mateo-Foster City School District, which sent out a letter to parents on Friday, the day the show was released. As we discussed earlier, the show centers on a girl's suicide, and cassette tapes she leaves behind detailing the reasons why she took her life. It's based on the bestselling 2007 young adult mystery novel of the same name, and was shot in Vallejo last year.
As NBC Bay Area reports, the school district's letter warned parents that over spring break, while teens may be consuming more TV, they should be aware of the content of the show and should perhaps talk to their kids about how it details a tragedy, rather than glorifies suicide. Also, it included talking points about encouraging teens to seek help from loved ones if they experience suicidal thoughts.
The show is available for viewing now, and tells the story Hannah (Katherine Langford), a high school girl, and her friend Clay (Dylan Minnette), who receives the box of tapes after her death, along with multiple other friends. Screen Rant, for what it's worth, says it's better than the book.
Previously: Watch The Trailer For 'Thirteen Reasons Why,' A Bay Area-Shot Netflix Show Produced by Selena Gomez
If you are in crisis, text "BAY" to 741741 for free, 24/7, confidential crisis support from Crisis Text Line. And if you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, you or they should call the San Francisco Suicide Prevention crisis line at (415) 781-0500.
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.