Is "13 Reasons Why" dangerous for teens?

DENVER - A new Netflix series highlighting teen suicide is raising concerns amongst parents in schools across the country as well as right here in Colorado.

13 Reasons Why hasn’t been out a month and millions are already watching.

Parents across the country are asking whether this show is appropriate for teens.

Our news partners at Denver7 reached out to a few schools in Colorado to get their take on the show.

The big concern is that many parents may not know their children are watching the show. They can not only access it through their television but also on their phones.

An East High student told Denver7 that she along with fellow students have watched 13 Reasons Why.

“I carpool to school every day with a bunch of younger students, so we were actually having a conversation about it on the way to school this morning,” said Anna Eastwood, East High student.

Douglas County Schools was so concerned about the shows impression on its students that an article about the series was published in its newsletter. 

Denver schools are also informing its students and parents about the dangers of the show.

Katherine Plog Martinez says 13 Reasons Why comes close to glorifying suicide. She told Denver7 that for teens in particular suicide does have a contagion risk.

“13 Reasons Why depicts a counselor not providing support to a student, so we really want to reassure our students that the psychs, social workers, counselors, and nurses are there to support them and will take them seriously when they bring concerns,” said Katherine Plog Martinez with Denver Public Schools

In Colorado, suicide is the 2nd most common cause of death for people between the ages of 10 and 24.
The state’s suicide rate is among the top 10 in the U.S.

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