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Girl Killed Herself Post Watching 13 Reasons Why. Mother Warns Parents

by | May 8, 2019

A 12 years old Jessica Scatterson allegedly took her life after watching the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. She left a note for her suicide proclaiming six reasons to kill herself. The devastated mother warns parents to rethink their approval on watching the Netflix show. Know more about it here.

Girl Killed Herself Post Watching 13 Reasons Why. Mother Warns Parents
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Girl Killed Herself Post Watching 13 Reasons Why. Mother Warns Parents

The mother of the girl, Rachael Warburton, 33 said to the Mirror that her twelve years old daughter, who committed suicide, told her she had been watching the popular Netflix Series- wherein a teenage commits suicides post making 13 recordings explaining the decision. It is known that Jessica Scatterson left a suicide note explaining six reasons why she took her life. Rachael said her daughter was watching the show with her friends and even jotted down 6 reasons why she wanted to die.

Rachael Warburton who’s a care support worker from Greater Manchester expressing the tragedy that struck her said-

“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”. “It should be banned because my daughter watched it and it gives children the idea to self-harm.”

Rachael Warburton via mirror.co.uk

According to the hearing, Jessica posted a picture of her foot with ‘RIP’ on it and seeing that her pal’s called the police who went to her house where she was staying with her father- Christopher Scatterson, in Warrington, Cheshire. The girl was reportedly found hanged in her bedroom and she was just two days away from her 13th birthday.

From the inquests into the girl’s death, it is known that she and her friends even self-harmed themselves. According to reports, there were ‘superficial’ cuts in her legs some in forms of lettering and a small blade from pencil sharpener was also found in her room. There was a suicide note that had an alleged name of a bully alongside a drawing of someone being hanged. Her death was reported after three weeks ’13 Reasons Why’ season 1 aired back in 2017.

The British Board of Film Classification, back when the controversial show was released, rated the show with 15 age rating, and four episodes were given 18 age rating. The first series finale reportedly happens to be from one of those where the lead role commits suicide.

Keeping a Closer Eye on What Children Are Watching Online

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According to a study from last week, it is found that suicides in youngsters have risen to 28.9% after the month 13 reasons why premiered in 2017. Also within that 5 years period, more youngsters aged 10 to 17 committed suicide in that month than any other month in that period, reports the Mirror. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, more 195 suicides were noted (than expected) in the nine months after the series emerged. These reports although could not establish a direct link to the series and other reports even avert from establishing any extended suicidal tendencies to the series.

Jessica’s mother called for more robust parental control on accounts of Netflix to prevent kids from watching shows that are unsuitable for them. She said it may be the show aim to raise awareness, on the hindsight, it encourages kids to go for the same.

“I don’t want another parent to go through what we have. I urge everyone to keep a closer eye on what children are watching online.”

Rachael via mirror.co.uk

What do you think about the tragic news of a 12 years old girl who lost her life to suicide? Would you allow your child to watch the Netflix series that is upcoming? Let us know what do you think in comments.


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