Who was Jasmine Lindsay? Teenager watched '13 Reasons Why' before jumping in front of train to end her life
The controversial Netflix show was said to 'glamorize' suicide and there were many people who wanted it taken down. The series ended its run after four seasons
Sixteen-year-old Jasmine Lindsay died after being hit by a train in July this year. While at that time the incident was not being treated as suspicious, a recent inquest into the case revealed that the teen was watching '13 Reasons Why' before she killed herself.
The teenager had reportedly watched the popular and controversial Netflix series '13 Reasons Why' with her "on-off" boyfriend before she committed suicide on July 22, 2020, according to The Sun. The tragedy happened at 6 am at Swanley Station. Her mother, Shannon, revealed that her daughter was fine before her death, calling her "healthy and bubbly" but further said that she was concerned that her late daughter's boyfriend used to talk about suicide as they watched the series at his home.
'13 Reasons Why' is a raw drama based on a high school girl named Hannah Baker who commits suicide because of various reasons including bullying and sexual abuse. The series is based on a book authored by Jay Asher in 2007. Shannon did say that though these were her concerns, "me and my family saw no signs that Jasmine would ever do anything like what she did."
Shannon continued to speak at the recent inquest about her daughter's life saying, "She was bright and bubbly and had an infectious giggle. She just loved giggling and making everyone laugh. She always said she wanted to travel the world."
According to reports, her mother revealed that Jasmine had a "healthy diet" and in fact wanted to be the oldest living person in the world and have her name in the Guinness Book of Records. Speaking on the horrible incident, Shannon also said that in the days before her daughter died, Jasmine had been waiting for the holidays and that the family had gone out on outings.
She also revealed that she had noticed her daughter had been missing at 9:30 am before she spoke to her sister, and then Jasmine's boyfriend. Apparently, he had told Shannon to "try the train station" before the news was released that Jasmine had died. The Sun further revealed that after her death, the boyfriend said that Jasmine had a book by her bed that consisted of "notes expressing suicidal thoughts."
When British Transport Police DI Bates called the boyfriend and his mother to ask why he had told Jasmine's mother to go to the train station, his calls were not received. Since reports and the ever quick social media reported the incident that happened at the station, it has been suggested that that could be where Jasmine's boyfriend heard about the news.
In an article published by The Sun back in July, Skye Harris, Jasmine's best friend said about her, "She had a heart of gold, she was the nicest and most naturally pretty girl I’ve ever seen. She was perfect. She loved baking, she was amazing at baking cakes, she loved drawing.”
According to the July article, the incident was not being treated as "suspicious" but the recent inquest has revealed the details written above. While this is a horrendous tragedy, it is important to know that while blaming a show could hold no water, '13 Reasons Why' was said to "glamorize" suicide and there were many people who wanted it taken down. The series ended its run after four seasons.