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Parent Letter Regarding Netflix Series "13 Reasons Why"

You may have heard about or watched the new Netflix series entitled "13 Reasons Why." Due to its popularity among young adults and the serious nature of the show's topics, the District issued the following letter with helpful resources for families.

Please read it carefully, and contact your child's principal or counselor if you have any questions.


May 5, 2017

Dear Bluehawk Families,

In recent days, the district’s administration and staff have been made aware of concerns related to a book and recently released Netflix series entitled “13 Reasons Why,” a trending show especially among young adults. It follows a high school student who receives 13 tapes made by a classmate before she took her own life. The tapes explain the 13 reasons why she took her own life. The themes and images are graphic and intense, tackling not only suicide, but also sexual assault and underage drinking.

This letter is intended to make you aware of concerns that are emerging regarding “13 Reasons Why.” Many professional experts, including the National Association of School Psychologists, do not recommend that vulnerable youth watch this series or read this book, particularly without adult guidance and supervision. The fictional series is based on a young adult novel but not intended for audiences under 17. It has caused concerns about the graphic way it portrays suicide and sexual assault, and how this content could impact the emotional well-being of those watching it.

The powerful storytelling both within the book and the television series may lead impressionable young people to romanticize the choices made by the characters, or to view suicide as an acceptable solution to the problems they are experiencing. This is why it is important for students to have an opportunity to speak with you, a school counselor, mental health professional or a responsible adult about the questions and feelings this show may cause.

Suicide is something that impacts many communities, but it is never a solution. It is an irreversible choice regarding a temporary problem. We urge you to be aware of “13 Reasons Why” and other online content that contains similar objectionable material, such as the Blue Whale suicide game. If you feel that your child needs support, or if you have any questions, please contact your child's principal or counselor (contact information is listed below this letter).

This series may provide an opportunity to speak to your students about these sensitive but important issues. We are always available to help you or your child in any way we can. The safety and well-being of our students is always our top priority. If you feel that your child needs support at school, please reach out to us. Visit the National Association of School Psychologists website for further information as well as guidance for educators and families. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Dr. Maria Lagana Suttmeier
Superintendent of Schools

Contact Principals and Counselors

Hudson Junior High School

  • Main Office: 518-828-4360, ext. 8100
  • Guidance Office: 518-828-4360, ext. 8308

Hudson Senior High School

  • Main Office: 518-828-4360, ext. 3100
  • Guidance Office: 518-828-4360, ext. 3111

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