In the new issue of In Touch, the grieving father of Bella Herndon, a California teen who took her own life after watching the Netflix series 13 Reason Why, is speaking out, blaming the "destructive" show for her death and calling on Netflix to stop production of Season 2.
On April 18, John Herndon’s wife, Donna, discovered their 15-year-old daughter, Bella, in her bedroom closet after she had hanged herself. Bella died at the hospital 10 days later, having never regained consciousness.
John is blaming the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why for her death, claiming Bella had binge-watched the controversial show that executive producer Selena Gomez has called her “passion project,” in April.
Bella wasn’t the only teen to take her life immediately after watching the Netflix show: San Mateo, Calif., 15-year-old Priscilla Chiu hanged herself on April 22. “I think this [show] was a trigger for Bella and Priscilla,” John told In Touch.
John is desperately trying to stop the second season of the show that he calls “destructive."
“I think Bella would [still be alive if she hadn’t watched this show]. It’s chilling to me that Selena Gomez, who worked with Disney making movies that families watched, steered her fan base to this,” he said, adding, “Someone has to stand up and say, ‘This is wrong.’”
John says he has tried calling Netflix six times but “they hung up on me once and never returned any of my calls.”
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