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Netflix adds a content warning to ‘Stranger Things’ premiere following Texas school shooting

The streaming service warns viewers of "distressing" content in the wake of the shooting that left 19 kids and two adults dead in Uvalde, Texas.
/ Source: TODAY

Netflix will show a warning card prior to the American premiere episode of the fourth season of “Stranger Things,” in the wake of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, in Uvalde, Texas, a representative for the streaming service confirmed to NBC News.

The warning will air before the recap of the previous season that plays before the beginning of Season 4 of "Stranger Things," out May 27.

“We filmed this season of ‘Stranger Things’ a year ago,” the representative said the warning reads. “But given the recent tragic shooting at a school in Texas, viewers may find the opening scene of episode 1 distressing. We are deeply saddened by this unspeakable violence, and our hearts go out to every family mourning a loved one.”

Pictured: Eduardo Franco as Argyle, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, and Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler in Season Four of "Stranger Things."Netflix

Representatives have also confirmed Netflix has edited its description of the premiere to feature a message saying, “Warning: Contains graphic violence involving children” and added “disturbing images” to the show rating advisories.

Last week, Netflix released the first eight minutes of the premiere episode of the new season of “Stranger Things.” The opening scene shows the telepathic character Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown, involved in a massacre. The sequence depicts multiple dead children covered in blood.

The plot point had already been known prior to the shooting in Uvalde, but Netflix added the warning, since the show returns close in time to the events that unfolded this week and the scene in question is graphic.

The new season of “Stranger Things” is available to stream beginning Friday, premiering three years since the last season aired.