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Survivors of suicide loss say "13 Reasons Why" is sending the wrong message

Susan Holt said her daughter, Grace, always had a smile on her face, and when she died, there was not one person who was shocked, in Medford, Oregon, on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 (KTVL/Ariana Rakhshani).

MEDFORD, Ore.-- Students across the nation are watching the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why." Some say the show glamorizes suicide.

News10 spoke with schools in the region about how they are responding to the show, but now, we wanted to know how victims of suicide loss are reacting to this show.

News10 spoke with Susan Holt; her daughter, Grace, died by suicide in January of 2016. She said the show is inappropriate and is sending the wrong message.

Holt said Grace did not exhibit any red flags--she always had a smile on her face. That is one of the reasons why Holt said the show upsets her. She said suicide does not look like "13 Reasons Why."

Holt also said the show barely touched on depression, and that should have been the focus, as well as helping lead people in a direction that gives them options.

"And the thing that bothers me the most is when someone dies from suicide, they're dead," Holt said. "There is no story that goes on, there aren't 13 tapes to go back and look at. There is no other series--series 2, and it's just so wrong."

Holt said if anything, she thinks it's going to increase the rate of suicides.

Holt recommends parents to not allow their children to see it. Above all, she said it is sensationalizing and glamorizing something that should never be put into that light.


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