Colorado school district reeling after 7 suicides pulls ‘13 Reasons Why’ book

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A Colorado school district mourning the deaths of seven students who committed suicide has pulled the controversial “13 Reasons Why” book from circulation.

Some critics say the book sensationalizes suicide and does not provide a good roadmap for people struggling with mental illness.

The book, published in 2007, follows a high school girl who commits suicide after giving a series of tapes to her classmates who influenced her decision to play after she is dead.

According to The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, the order to pull the book that inspired the popular Netflix series with the same name has drawn the ire of some librarians.

One librarian criticized the district for failing to follow established guidelines pertaining to “challenging books.”

“I believe it is our duty to follow that process, because censorship is a slippery slope,” the librarian wrote in an email to the school district in an email obtained by The Daily Sentinel.

There is currently no evidence that any of the Mesa County students who killed themselves since the beginning of the school year were inspired by the series or the book.

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