Several schools are sending out warnings about the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” and are telling students not to talk about it at all, while at school.
According to CBC News, this message was sent by the principal of St. Vincent Elementary School in Edmonton to parents. It says that discussing the show is not permitted at school due to the disturbing subject matter.
Dear Grade Six parents,
It is has come to Miss Ciezki’s and my attention that some students are watching a Netflix series called 13 Reasons Why. The discussion that is unfolding at school is troubling. This series is rated Mature and the theme is the suicide of a high school student. This show includes graphic violence (rape) and gore, profanity, alcohol/drugs/smoking, and frightening/intense scenes.
Of course what your child watches on television is completely your choice, however I wanted to let you know that many students are watching and discussing this at school.
The purpose of this email is to provide you with this information. Please let your child know that discussion of 13 Reasons Why is not permitted at school due to the disturbing subject matter.
Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you have questions about this show, please feel free to contact Miss Ciezki, who has watched the series.
The series 13 Reasons Why follows the story of a teen girl who, before committing suicide, creates a series of audio tapes explaining why she did it. The show includes sexual assault and an episode in which a school guidance counselor fails to help the protagonist.
The Hamilton Wentworth District School Board in Ontario posted a message on its website saying the show “has graphic content related to suicide, glamorization of suicidal behaviour and negative portrayals of helping professionals, which may prevent youth from seeking help.”
“We have recommended that our teachers not use this as a teaching aid,” the note said.
“In any class, some students could watch the series and potentially benefit. Others may have a negative reaction, whether they then blame the victim or others during the class discussions or identify with the victim and the attention their death received.”
13 Reasons Why is the recent talk of the town and every other teenager is seen talking about this series. Those who still haven’t seen the series are planning to see it soon.