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14 Sep 2006

Teenage suicide
On Saturday, a boy of 17 who is our neighbours' son's best friend, committed suicide. This child was an achiever academically, culturally and on the sports field, played in a band, showed no signs of depression and left no suicide note. Yesterday, his parents discovered a video called "The Suicide Club" in his room and they believe that's where the problem started. The psychologist whom the family is seeing, said that this movie has caused innumerable teenage suicides, delinquent behaviour, drug abuse and brainwashing children to such an extent, that they become irrational.

I wanted to inform parents to beware of this movie, and other movies our children are watching.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Interesting point, Buzz. I think parents ought to be aware of their children's interests in films, music, books, and so on. I don't think that any happy child watches a movie like this and decides, out of the blue " Gee, what a good idea ! Let's commit suicide" --- in other words, I doubt that the movie causes the behaviour. But the movie / video / DVD can be a very important indicator of how the child is thinking --- a seriously depressed and suicidal kid will be more likely to get and view such a movie rather than something more cheerful. So it may be associated, and a useful warning sign, rather than being a cause
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