By Natasha Coleman
Note: This post contains spoilers about the second season of 13 Reasons Why
I recently finished watching the second season of the Netflix’s series 13 Reasons Why. When the first series came out, there was controversy over whether or not children should be watching this show. The show, based on a novel of the same name, is about high school student Hannah Baker; she commited suicide and left behind 13 cassette tapes detailing why. This season shows how students are affected by bullying. At the end of season two, one bullied student planned to use his assault rifle on his peers at the school dance.
I couldn’t help but think is this what is happening in our schools today. Are students being bullied or going through issues without an outlet? Is this why some have brought guns to school and taken innocent lives?, I almost wished I was on that show and in that school because it felt so real. These students face so many problems each day, and no one has any idea what is happening. Staff members have to find a way to reach students, and they have to find a way to be more aware. We cannot continue to let bullying happen; we cannot continue to let students get so far emotionally removed from society that they wish to take their life and others lives’ away.
While I strongly recommend that no child see this show, it was truly an eye-opener for me as an educator. It was a wake-up call that we need to be more aware of what is going on. We need to have more frequent conversations with students. We need to be able to provide support to them when they are going through difficult times. If someone was there for Hannah Baker, if someone knew what she was going through, if they had listened a little harder, it could have prevented her from committing suicide.