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Plenty of ‘Reasons Why’ some educators are concerned

Litzy Lopez and Hallah Jackson

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The Netflix original show 13 Reasons Why was made for teenagers to show them the possible effect of extreme bullying.

The show involves a teenage girl who kills herself. She leaves behind a series of tapes for others to find and listen to.

Stories on many news sites, including Slate, explained that many educators are concerned about the show. They worry that kids will follow the characters’ actions. Educators don’t want teenagers to think suicide is the answer ever to their problems.

The Bullard school psychologist, Miss Shannon, thought that the show was good. But she also thought that it was unnecessarily graphic, particularly in the last episode. Miss Shannon also was worried romanticizing suicide.

“Some things in the show didn’t need to be as graphic as it was,” she said, “if it was meant for teenagers.”

Students at Bullard, among them junior Christa Quijano, thought the show was realistic as well as eye-opening.

“I think that the show did a very good job on the maturity level, because they didn’t make it suitable for little children,” she said. “It was raw and real.”

Junior Arpi Krdanyan agreed: “I think that the show explored real-life issues that teenagers go through that they may not share, and how it could affect them.”

While Miss Shannon agreed that it was a powerful show, she also had some concerns.

13 Reasons Why doesn’t teach kids to reach out to people whenever they need help,” she said. “The part that I didn’t like is when they showed the counselor not caring.”

What should adults do if they’re worried about their kids? Miss Shannon offers this advice:

“If any vulnerable kids are watching 13 Reasons Why, a parent or guardian should talk through it with them to let them know that suicide isn’t the answer.”

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