2 families blame '13 Reasons Why' for their daughter's suicides
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Jun 28, 2017 4:14am
Two families have come forward after watching 13 Reasons Why to accuse the show of being a trigger for their daughter’s suicides.
Bella Herndon and Priscilla Chui had both been battling depression and struggling with school, and both watched the show before they died (tragically only four days apart), both at the age of 15.
Priscilla’s uncle, Peter Chui (who lived with his niece), criticised the show for it’s extremely graphic representation of suicide — particularly that infamous two-minute long scene where Hannah Baker slits her wrist in the bath.
Both families of the girls have agreed that 13 Reasons Why promotes the message that the only way out of depression, or problems at school, is suicide.
Netflix has responded to these families’ claims in a quote saying:
After hearing that the show has been picked up for a second season, Bella’s dad has come out to urge Netflix to not make any more episodes — especially as the series is filmed in the Bay Area (where both of these devastated families live).
He said to KTVU, “Don’t go through with the renewal for the second season of 13 Reasons Why. Stop this. This is wrong. You’re making money off the misery of others.”
Priscilla’s uncle has also reached out to Selena Gomez, who was one of the producers on the show, saying:
Our condolences go out to both families during this tough time.
If you, or someone you know, have been affected by suicide and need someone to talk to, Get Help, from the National Health Commission can be contacted at any time here.