The families of two California teens who committed suicide in April are blaming Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” for influencing their daughters.
The two teens, Bella Herndon and Priscilla Chui, did not know each other but both recently watched the show. They were both 15 and they died four days apart.
“It’s very graphic, especially the two-minute scene where she slits her wrists in a bathtub,” Peter Chui, Priscilla’s uncle, told KTVU about the show. “I feel it’s dangerous for that small percentage of young adults who the show can become a trigger for them and I feel as if the show gives only one alternative for cyber bullying and other teenage issues.”
He said that his niece was struggling with depression told him that she hated school.
Critics of the show have claimed it glamorizes suicide, according to Fox News. The series, produced by Selena Gomez, focuses on a teen and the reasons why she killed herself, which she details in cassette tapes that she mailed to her peers.
“Don’t go through with the renewal for the second season of ’13 Reasons Why,’” John Hurdon, Bella Hurnon’s father, told KTVU. “Stop this. This is wrong. You’re making money off the misery of others.”
He said his daughter has been bullied since middle school.
Netflix released a statement expressing condolences for the two teens, but said the series has opened up a dialogue.
“Our hearts go out to these families during this difficult time,” the statement said. “We have heard from many viewers that 13 Reasons Why has opened up a dialogue among parents, teens, schools and mental health advocates around the difficult topics depicted in the show. We took extra precautions to alert viewers to the nature of the content and created a global website to help people find local mental health resources.”