Florida Mom Blames '13 Reasons Why' for Daughter's Suicide Attempt on Mother's Day
The Netflix series centers around a bullied high school student who takes her own life.
A Florida mom is blaming a Netflix series about a teen who kills herself for her daughter's real-life suicide attempt.
The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the Okeechobee News that her daughter slit her wrists in the bathtub in the same manner that fictional teen Hannah Baker does in the show "13 Reasons Why."
The attempt happened on Mother's Day and was part of a suicide pact involving four other teens, according to the mom.
"It's taking too long… it's not like on 13 Reasons," the girl allegedly messaged two boys who the mother believes were part of the pact.
The girl was reportedly talking to the boys on Snapchat while also sending photos. The mom said the group of three girls and two boys made a decision to run away together or, if that didn't work, to kill themselves at the same time.
The horrified mom said that, while the rest of the family celebrated the holiday, her daughter was being urged to kill herself over Snapchat.
“The boy let our daughter send a video of herself. She took a pencil sharpener apart to get the blade out,” she said.
The girl reportedly then sliced both arms open from the wrist nearly to the elbow. One of the boys called 911 after the girl sent photos of her arm via Snapchat.
She was then taken to a mental health facility after being treated in an emergency room. She's home now and recovering, according to a report. Her mother said the girl would pull through but that she's "angry that show is out there."
Netflix said in a statement they are "very saddened to hear about this and grateful to those who intervened to help."
Since the show's debut and ensuing popularity, several other families have made similar claims that the show has a negative influence.
Last year, two 15-year-old California girls took their own lives days apart after watching the series, their anguished families claimed.
Bella Herndon and Priscilla Chiu were struggling to find their way and sensitive to the intense emotions of inching toward adulthood when they both hung themselves that April.
"Our hearts go out to these families during this difficult time," Netflix said in a statement at the time. "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 intense themes and difficult topics depicted in the show."
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