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The 2007 novel “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher has recently been popularized by becoming a new Netflix series co-produced by Selena Gomez. It has grabbed social media’s attention along with many adolescents that are fans of the story. The show features teenager Hannah Baker’s story and struggles throughout high school. It revolves around Hannah’s experience with bullying and her eventual suicide. The story includes the thirteen reasons why Hannah completed suicide, hence the title “Thirteen Reasons Why”.
The story sounds a bit dark upon first glance, but many teenagers have been moved by Hannah’s experience. Whether that is a positive or negative emotional impact is up for debate. According to an article published by the New York Times, superintendents and school counselors have been concerned that the show glorifies the idea of suicide and could cause an increase in such behavior among vulnerable students. This is my take on the thirteen reasons why the tv series could be harmful and/or controversial.