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District shares resources on “13 Reasons Why”

May 30, 2018

Dear Parent or Guardian,

This message is to provide some additional information about the popular Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why.” The second season of this show was recently released on Netflix.

The rating for this show is TV-Mature, which identifies that it is not suitable for children under 17. It is meant to be a cautionary tale. However, we are aware of its recent popularity among students who are mostly younger than the age suggested.

In the miniseries, which is based on the 2007 young adult novel by Jay Asher, high school student Hannah Baker leaves behind 13 tape recordings detailing why she took her own life. When viewing the series, teenagers could interpret the message that suicide is a viable or romanticized option. The show’s content is extremely graphic, with disturbing scenes in each episode which may be difficult for impressionable minds to watch and process in a healthy way. The show does not emphasize the portrayal of help-seeking efforts by teens, families, schools or support networks.

We encourage you to speak with your child to determine whether he/she has read the book or viewed the series. If so, please use the show as an opportunity to talk about some of its complicated issues. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has shared the following discussion resource.

Finally, please know that at our schools in the South Glens Falls Central School District, there are resources and assistance available to support you and your child. You or your child may contact social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, as well as principals or teachers. If your child has concerns about a friend, we encourage them to seek out an adult and to speak up.

Sincerely,

Jon Hunter, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent of Schools

Category: District Announcements