JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - If you have Netflix, you may have come across the series "13 Reasons Why."
It has a controversial theme which has prompted one Heartland school district to send a note home to parents.
The counselors at Jackson's school district were aware of Jay Asher's novel 13 Reasons Why, but they believe the new Netflix series includes a lot of content that may be hard for kids to digest.
"If we have students that are young that are not really able to differentiate between the T.V. drama, and real life, then it's important that they have a conversation," said Jackson Middle School Counselor Lauren Buchtman.
Buchtman says the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" deals with some tough topics.
It's rated MA for mature audiences - which is one of the reasons why they sent a letter home to parents.
"We felt like it was really important to be proactive in communication, and letting our parents know that this is a thing that our students are talking about, and many of our students were watching," Buchtman said.
The show tells the story of Hannah Baker, a teen girl who commits suicide after dealing with bullying and rape culture, and creating tapes explaining the 13 reasons why she took her own life.
"Maybe it looks pretty, it looks glamorous, it looks popular, and in reality they don't necessarily know how to process that in their own real world," said Jackson Middle School Principal, Janelle Pope.
Paula Politte's twin son and daughter go to Poplar Bluff Middle School.
"I suggest for parents to watch it first, so that they know what is going on," Politte said.
Politte watched it with her kids and she suggests other parents do the same.
"Watch it with their children in case their children have questions about any of it. That way they can give them an answer versus, them hearing something somewhere else," Pollite said.
Butchtman agrees that's a good strategy --- if you know your child is going to watch it.
"Be able to kind of talk through it. There are opportunities to kind of talk about consequences of actions, some different things, but I think it's important for parents to just be informed and know about it," Buchtman said.
Here is the full letter sent to parents:
Buchtman says the most important take away here is that suicide is not an option, and there are parents, and counselors there to help.