STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Netflix has cut graphic suicide scene from first season of '13 Reasons Why'

More than two years after its debut, a graphic suicide scene has been cut from the first season of...

Posted: Jul 16, 2019 3:36 AM
Updated: Jul 16, 2019 3:51 AM

More than two years after its debut, a graphic suicide scene has been cut from the first season of "13 Reasons Why," Netflix announced Monday.

The series is based on best-selling author Jay Asher's 2007 young adult book of the same title. It follows the fictional story of a teenage girl named Hannah Baker, portrayed by Katherine Langford, who leaves behind 13 mysterious audio recordings on cassette tapes after killing herself. An episode in season one originally depicted Hannah taking her own life.

The scene -- and some other aspects of the series -- drew criticism from mental health experts who have said it might pose a risk for young people struggling with mental health issues.

A Netflix official told CNN Monday that Hannah's suicide no longer appears on the streaming site.

"As we prepare to launch Season 3 later this summer, we've been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show," the streaming platform said in a statement. "So on the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we've decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from Season 1."

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and other organizations in support of the edit called it a "positive change" that mitigates "the risk for the most vulnerable teenage viewers."

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for American youth between the ages of 10 and 24, resulting in about 4,600 deaths each year, according to the CDC.

The rate of suicide among US boys ages 10 to 17 surged in the month after "13 Reasons Why" premiered in March 2017, according to an April study by the Nationwide Children's Hospital.

"We believe this edit will help the show do the most good for the most people while mitigating any risk for especially vulnerable young viewers," show creator Yorkey said in a statement on behalf of the show's producers.

Yorkey said it was their hope in making the show "to tell a story that would help young viewers feel seen and heard, and encourage empathy in all who viewed it, much as the bestselling book did before us."

He also said the show's intent in showing the suicide scene "was to tell the truth about the horror of such an act, and make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 43793

Reported Deaths: 673
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah9502166
Marion6024109
Washington599178
Umatilla343545
Clackamas326766
Lane246727
Malheur194938
Jackson17967
Deschutes118513
Yamhill101315
Linn84515
Polk66815
Jefferson60710
Morrow5517
Lincoln51813
Union4842
Benton4636
Klamath4223
Douglas3688
Wasco34916
Hood River2841
Columbia2711
Josephine2703
Coos2601
Clatsop2480
Baker1403
Crook1132
Tillamook740
Curry581
Wallowa492
Lake430
Harney350
Sherman200
Grant120
Gilliam110
Wheeler10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 923648

Reported Deaths: 17559
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles3050707044
Riverside675521306
San Bernardino641311073
Orange594421468
San Diego55898885
Kern34114420
Fresno31195439
Sacramento25882499
Santa Clara24665404
Alameda23636463
San Joaquin21988492
Contra Costa18877243
Stanislaus17814400
Tulare17730291
Ventura14409166
Imperial13023338
San Francisco12277145
Monterey1153892
San Mateo11278159
Santa Barbara9886126
Sonoma9601136
Merced9588155
Kings848683
Solano758676
Marin7107127
Madera506676
Placer429059
San Luis Obispo424032
Yolo325060
Butte313453
Santa Cruz284825
Shasta199931
Napa199816
Sutter188912
San Benito144915
El Dorado13684
Yuba133810
Mendocino115421
Tehama9219
Lassen7711
Lake70216
Glenn6793
Nevada6328
Humboldt56910
Colusa5536
Calaveras34721
Amador33716
Tuolumne2855
Inyo24015
Siskiyou2140
Mono1822
Del Norte1801
Mariposa812
Plumas760
Modoc450
Trinity280
Sierra60
Alpine40
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
43° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 43°
Brookings
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 46°
Crater Lake
Clear
32° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 32°
Grants Pass
Clear
36° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 36°
Klamath Falls
Clear
32° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 32°
Cooler & breezy Friday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events