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Why “13 Reasons Why” is more than a series

Amari Williams, Journalism 1

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          The new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has been getting major attention after it premiered on March 31st, 2017. The show is about a teenager named Hannah Baker who commits suicide after she recorded thirteen tapes about why she killed herself. The series revealed a lot about the true things that take place in high schools. The series is also a book written by Jay Asher. The message was that the littlest things that you say can have a big effect on someone. At Osceola High School, some of the staff have opinions about the series. 

          Reading teacher Mrs.  Devine said, “Teachers are clearly role models and should be aware of how much of a role they play in each student’s life. If a teacher thinks a student is contemplating suicide or some other dangerous act they are legally bound to report it. Deputy Shorter is an excellent resource and has a great relationship with students here at Osceola,” she said. Since Mrs. Devine is a reading and language arts teacher, the actual book of 13 Reasons Why has been an active source in her classroom and she said, “As a reading teacher I have had the book in class for a while. Students have read it, done reports on it and it never seemed to be an issue like it is now.”

          Working with teens is part of the job of a faculty or staff member.  Student Services’ Ms. Nolan feels that she can “work better with teens” and get along with them because she “hears them out” and is a “listening ear”. Ms. Nolan’s main goal is to be a helping hand for the fellow Warriors at Osceola for the students to feel comfortable with talking out problems or situations that they need to get off their chests. Although in some cases, trying to offer a helping hand to students is declined.

 

**SPOILER ALERT**

“Helping students with a range of issues happens daily. Knowing how concerning the issues are and who to contact is paramount. Having the student come first in that kind of situation is most important,” said Ms. Devine. In this case, Ms. Devine mentions “Having the student come first in that kind of situation is most important”, which is the right move to make, but in the last episode of 13 Reasons Why, Hannah Baker tries to go to her guidance counselor for help but doesn’t receive the help she needs, which results in her ending her life. Ms. Devine’s view on suicide is “It’s a permanent solution to a temporary problem; nothing is ever that bad. Kids should look out for each other and make an adult or someone they trust aware if they suspect a friend is in trouble”.

      

         

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