*Trigger Warning* This post discusses suicide.
A mother in the UK has issued a warning about a popular drama series that she believes encouraged her daughter to take her own life.
Rachael Warburton blames the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why for her daughter’s death, reports The Mirror.
The grieving mum says her 12 year old daughter, Jessica, left a suicide note with six reasons to kill herself after watching the Netflix show.
“Its intentions are to raise suicide awareness but I believe it encourages young people to commit suicide. All Jessica’s friends were messaging each other discussing the series. Parents should be warned not to let their children watch it.”
Jessica Scatterson, from Warrington in the country’s north-west, was found in her bedroom two days before her thirteenth birthday in 2017.
An inquest into the 12-year-old’s death heard she had been tormented by school bullies and had struggled to cope with the pressures of social media.
Coroner Alan Moore said Jessica had “felt emotionally overwhelmed” when she died and “the level and the intensity of her activity on social media platforms…cannot have failed to have influenced her intentions”.
He said a letter posted by Jessica online listed six reasons why she wanted to take her own life, citing the note as “highly significant evidence because it demonstrates a clear intent on Jessica’s part to take her own life and it also indicates the means at which she intended to do so”.
But Jessica’s mother, Rachael, believes the television series had a big role to play in influencing her daughter.
“Jessica was watching this show with her friends and listed six reasons why she wanted to die,” Scatterson told The Mirror.
“It should be banned, because my daughter watched it and it gives children the idea to self-harm.”
The show follows the story of a teenager who tries to uncover the decisions why his classmate ended her life.
The mum is now calling for tighter parental controls to be implemented by Netflix to protect young children from accessing the content.
Netflix does include a “content warning” for the show which reads: “This series contains scenes that viewers may find disturbing, including graphic depictions of sexual assault, substance abuse and suicide”.
It then directs viewers to crisis and support centres in their country of origin.
There have been numerous calls for the series to be axed. Read more on the topic below.
- Why we shouldn’t ignore what “13 Reasons Why” is trying to tell us
- 10 Conversations to Have with Your Teens About “13 Reasons Why”
- Parents Beg Netflix to Cut “13 Reasons Why” After Recent School Shooting Incident
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