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Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ makes teens more aware of suicide

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Netflix, oh how teenagers love it.

Teens are known for binge watching TV series on Netflix time and time again, but has any of these series actually made an impact in their lives? Come to find out, one series has.

On March 31 a series known as “13 Reasons Why” aired on Netflix. Many knew of the series because it is based on a book, published in 2007.

Both the book and the show are about a female high school student named Hannah Baker who committed suicide. As you read or watch the story unfold, you see what, or really who, brought her to commit suicide.

She left a set of cassette tapes for everyone who led her down the path to commit suicide. The tapes were intended to make sure people knew why they were one of the reasons for her death.

Each tape described one specific person and what that person did to drive her to this horrible action.

You might think this TV series would become so popular based on the conflict within the story, but that’s not exactly the case.

Many teens watching this show have realized the severity of this topic.

It’s helped us realize that what we say or do to others can impact them, in ways some of us may never understand.

This show has brought the topic and perspective out into the open for teens. Many high school students agree that this show has shown them that what they say or do to others can mentally and even physically hurt them.

(Teens) watching a show like that could make them realize that some actions can lead to something more serious.”

— Ariel Desjardins, sophomore

Sophomore Ariel Desjardins believes the show can impact people’s lives.

“I think the show does open the eyes of some people. The show blew up on social media, which is where a lot of teens spend their time,” Desjardins said. “Them watching a show like that could make them realize that some actions can lead to something more serious.”

Desjardins sees the message of the TV series as important.

“I think, altogether, ’13 Reasons Why’s’ message was intended to show people they need to be more kind,” Desjardins said. “They need to think before they say or do mean things to people. Actions always speak louder than words.”

Sophomore Abbigale Bellmer sees the meaning of the show as important.

“I think it does open people’s eyes about the topic of teen suicide, but only if they chose to listen to the message,” Bellmer said. “I think it’s important because the topic is reaching a group of people it might not have ever reached.”

The show’s popularity has skyrocketed, putting the topic of the show out there for more to see and understand, helping bring a serious issue to light.

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2 Responses to “Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ makes teens more aware of suicide”

  1. Seth Wood on April 25th, 2017 11:24 pm

    Great job on the article! The optimism is great. It goes to show how something good cam come out of something many people have a problem with. Keep it up!

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    Seth Wood Reply:

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    Ha! That’s why I’m not in journalism.

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