Netflix pulls suicide scene from teen drama '13 Reasons Why'
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Netflix will reedit a scene in teen drama "13 Reasons Why" that depicts a graphic suicide, the show announced Monday. 

The show, based on a novel by the same title, follows the story of a teenager, Hannah, who died by suicide. Her story is told retrospectively, through tapes she left for her peers before she took her life. 

The show faced backlash from doctors and parents who felt the first season scene showing Hannah slitting her wrists in a bathtub was not helpful for young viewers. 


"Our creative intent in portraying the ugly, painful reality of suicide in such graphic detail in Season 1 was to tell the truth about the horror of such an act, and make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it," show creator Brian Yorkey said in a statement shared by the shows' Twitter account. 

"But as we ready to launch Season 3, we have heard concerns about the scene from Dr. Christine Moutier at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and others, and have agreed with Netflix to re-edit it."

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention praised Netflix for pulling the scene.

"We applaud Netflix for making this decision and moving in a very important direction," the foundation tweeted. 

Other groups, such as the Parents Television Council, have lobbied for Netflix to drop the show entirely, Reuters reports

In a statement on Twitter, Netflix said "we've been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show" as it prepares to launch the next season this summer, which is why the streaming service decided to work with Yorkey to edit the first season scene.

Yorkey said "no one scene is more important than the life of the show and its message that we must take better care of each other."

"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," Yorkey said.