Parents Ask Vladmir Putin To Ban Death Note in Russia

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This past February, a fifteen year-old girl jumped to her death in Yekaterinburg, Russia. In her room, four copies of the wildly popular Japanese manga Death Note were discovered along with a suicide note that read, "I don't want to live anymore".

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Some blamed the comic for the girl's death, and now a group of parents appealed directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin to ban the manga on the grounds that it harmful to the country's youth. According to reports Jiji Press, the group's public appeal stated, "There's concern it [Death Note] will drive children to death."

Russia has the highest teen suicide rate on Earth, reports Pravda. One of the reasons why it does, apparently, is due to a lack of school psychologists.

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Death Note has sold over 26 million copies worldwide and has been translated into numerous languages.

デスノートは「有害漫画」=プーチン氏に発禁直訴-ロシア [Jiji Press]

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DISCUSSION

this is why parents need to take a active role in their child's life.

Why are these parents blaming the comic if they are surprised the kids even have the comic? that indicate that they are perhaps ignorant of the kid's life and left them to their own device. blaming a comic also indicate they don't want to be called bad parents and refuse to take the blame so they blame something else.

No one wants to take responsibility anymore. I'm quite sick of people complaining about things they don't know better about. If this girl died because of this comic and she started having sucidal thoughts because of the comic than she was probably stupid in the first place. people who allows themselves to be influenced that far shouldn't be left alone to their own devices. least they hurt themselves or someone else in their own warped view of life.

I can't believe the amount of kids considering suicide. Where does it tell you that it will make things any better? I suppose being dead is worth the consequence of hurting everyone around you.