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New series on teen suicide creates concern in Marietta schools

by Maureen Downey, AJC

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Marietta City Schools Superintendent Grant Rivera joined other school leaders around the country expressing concerns about “13 Reasons Why,” the new Netflix series about a teen suicide and the aftermath.

In a letter to parents, Rivera says Marietta is seeing an uptick in students experiencing emotional stress with some of them citing the show to school staff.

Rivera wrote:

“As a superintendent, it is not my place to pass judgment on the Netflix series or its appropriateness in your home for school-aged children. I do however feel a responsibility to make sure our MCS families are aware of the popularity of this show and resources to support our students and families. In recent days, MCS personnel have reported an increase in the number of students manifesting severe emotional distress, hyper vigilance, and, in some isolated cases, suicide ideation (several of whom have specifically referenced the Netflix series).”

To read more about the series and the note former Fulton leader Robert Avossa sent to parents in his Florida district, go to the AJC Get Schooled blog.

 

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