by Emma Hartvickson – Staff Reporter
The new TV series “13 reasons why” was recently released on Netflix, and has swept the nation into a trance. “13 reasons why” delivers a strong message about bullying, suicide and the struggles of high school. Adapted from the novel by Jay Asher,13 reasons raised further speculation in schools, and left many kids thinking about the way they act in school.
“13 reasons why” is what you could call a typical high school soap opera, but in reality, it is so much more than that. High school student, Hannah Baker, seemed to have an amazing life that nobody expected her to end. However, little did they know, she was truly unhappy. The story follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life. One day, Clay finds a tapped up box addressed to him on his doorstep. He opens it, and finds thirteen tapes, thirteen reasons why Hannah Baker ended her life, and that if you were the one listening, you were one of the reasons.
Rated mature on Netflix, 13 reasons why is a subject raise in our society today, Both the district of Tahoma and Auburn released statements on the subjects relayed in the show, and are suggesting parents keep a tighter watch on what they are letting their kids watch, the following is a message from TAHOMA SCHOOL DISTRICT 409,
Dear Tahoma Family:
“We want to share information with you about a TV program that is creating a lot of conversation, and some concern, around the country because of its focus on teen suicide. The show is on Netflix and is called “13 Reasons Why.” The show is based on a young-adult novel of the same name whose main character, Hannah Baker, 17, takes her own life but leaves behind 13 audio recordings for people who she claims contributed to her death. The story is graphic and compelling, which is why we are reaching out so that families are aware. The school district is not taking a position about whether the program is appropriate for viewing by teens. However, we want you to know that there is considerable discussion among mental-health professionals about the show’s impact and how it can be processed.”
Kids as young as 13-14 years old should not be exposed to, whether it is the book, or the TV show. The subjects and topics, as dark as they seem, are truly a big part of our society today.
What people should learn from the story is how much every little thing you say to someone matters. Each tape you listen too tells of what Hannah experiences daily on a regular basis, and it sickens many to think that these things could ever happen, but they do, and it is under our noses. Many can safely say that they don’t think their school is that way because they have neither experienced or witnessed many events in the show, but back to what was stated before, you never know what is going on in someone else’s life.