SHS would like to alert parents to a new television show currently available on Netflix titled “13 Reasons Why.” This show, based on a popular novel, tackles the tough issue of teen suicide. The series revolves around 17-year-old Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she says in some way were part of why she killed herself. Each tape recounts painful events in which one or more of the 13 individuals played a role.
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) cautions that its powerful storytelling may lead impressionable viewers to sensationalize the choices made by the characters and/or develop revenge fantasies.
Please be aware that there may be students at SHS who are more vulnerable to the images and content depicted in this show, including students who struggle with mental health issues. SHS has mental health professionals available to all students in the building for anyone who may need to access support.