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Local school district issues letter to parents about Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why” — 13 Comments

  1. I have seen it. I also have a 13 yr old and I received the letter today. I talked to my son about the show and what it was about as I watched it. He still prefers cartoons so didn’t want to watch it. Suicide is something we have discussed before with recent events near Mulligans. I wonder if the letter sparked more interest in the show than there was before. It is definitely what the kids are talking about today. Talking about this stuff with our kids is important. I was surprised the school got involved. But if I didn’t already know about the show I would have been glad for the heads up.

  2. I watched it, I had no idea what it was but saw post about ppl getting upset about memes regarding it so I watched…it was rough to watch for sure it does have a great msg behind it but for sure a hard watch. my 9 year old watches alot of Netflix and I told her not to watch it at least until she’s a little older and I will with her.

  3. Glad to see the school District stepping up on this one..

    Social media is not monitored nearly enough by parents .Kids are confused enough about the norms of society without watching or playing games where it’s ok to call someone gay, make fun of a large person, or shoot a prostitute while stealing a car , all because it’s endorsed on something they are watching / playing .

    If parents are going to let their kid go off and watch and play anything they like behind closed doors for hours on end , without having conversations about content, there’s a price to pay. Kids are smart, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need guidance.

    Unfortunately what’s out there in games and media these days is only get more and more disturbing ,adults can barely make sense of it . Something like 13 Reasons is one of the more well meaning genres, and worthy of watching with guided discussion, but none the less can have varying impacts depending on whose watching. It seems like this is now the bar we have raised and are expected to become comfortable with.

    Our kids need our guidance now more than ever to navigate this level of the new OK , cause it’s not ok for them to try and figure it all out by themselves..it’s finally just getting to be too much.

  4. I’m quite sure it’s not the role of a school to advise on what someone should or shouldn’t watch. It’s also not the role of a psychologist. A psychologist is certainly not a moral authority on TV show suitability. If this kind of unsolicited moral advice was appropriate, then they should also include hundreds of potentially upsetting movies and other TV shows. But they haven’t Moreover, avoiding tough issues in life surely doesn’t help much.

    • The email from the school board suggested to watch it ‘with’ your child if they were wanting to watch it. I haven’t seen it and hadn’t heard of it until the email but appreciate the heads up.

  5. From what I know of this show, it glorifies suicide. I applaud the school district for letting parents know. Not all parents are up on the latest social media crazes let alone what’s on Netflix. The school district DOES have a responsibility to its students and yes, that means notifying parents of anything that might be harmful to their kids.

    For those who say the school district should mind its own business…you obviously have NEVER lost a friend, a coworker, a family member or a child to suicide. There is a hopelessness pervading society with the devaluation of life and the suicide rates are skyrocketing. Have some compassion if you can do nothing else!

    • Maybe you should try learning about the show (or, heaven forbid, watch it) instead of jumping to uninformed conclusions? This show does not glorify suicide.

    • When you say “what you know of the show” how do you know anything about the show if you haven’t watched it? The show doesn’t glorify suicide. It demonstrates how everything we say and do can affect others and how we are all responsible to each other. The message in the end is that if even one of those people in the tapes had done something differently, had been there for her when she needed it, perhaps things wouldn’t have ended the way they did. And it also demonstrates how suicide devastates the lives of those left behind. I’m not saying I recommend it, but it certainly doesn’t glorify suicide. It is very anti-suicide and anti-bullying.

  6. I don’t believe the series glorifies suicide, if you watch the short documentary they have to accompany the show they explain they wanted to make sure suicide was perceived as not being the answer to your problems. All of my kids have watched it ranging in age from 13 to 20 and it’s been an open discussion in our house about the show. I know what my kids are watching because I can check and because we have open communication in our home. I think in the end you just need to know your kids and what they are able to handle.

  7. My heart was in my stomach this entire series, it was a hard watch but it’s a reality many people face. The suicide scene very graphic, yes, even I as an adult closed my eyes because I couldn’t watch her do it. I was once a teen who was depressed and faced not only bullying at school but abuse at home. I wrote a few suicide letters but never went through with it. As tough as this show is, I don’t think it glorifies suicide, it’s an eye opener because yes, this happens. There are options and I’m glad that they also advertise this.

  8. Kim and I watched the series. This is a conversation that Bell Let’s Talk has enlarged. So let’s really talk. The impact from a friend or relative’s suicide on children is horrific. The children don’t get a choice about dealing with that. I’ve witnessed that personal impact 5 times in 20 years. If we have tough conversations NOW, TODAY around suicide ideation maybe the families and individuals that feel stigmatized and judged, will reach out for help, with you, or me.
    If the school district is part of that- perfect!
    If the letter to parents reeks of liability posturing as was inferred in 13 Reasons Why, that is perhaps not such good motivation. I pray that is not the case.
    The war we are in here is savings lives. Period.