Show can pro­mote more di­a­logue

RE: Con­tro­ver­sial show can be a tool (May 2)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

Ku­dos to Danya Mah­mood for an ex­cel­lent and in­sight­ful let­ter re­gard­ing the se­ries “13 Rea­sons Why.” As a grand­mother of three teenagers 16 to 18 I have been watch­ing this se­ries for a cou­ple of days. It is dis­turb­ing. The for­mat where the lead char­ac­ter is left a se­ries of tapes made by Han­nah, who has com­mit­ted sui­cide, de­scrib­ing the ac­tions of the teens caus­ing her to take her own life does to some ex­tent sen­sa­tion­al­ize the act. How­ever it is the ap­par­ent non-in­volve­ment of the par­ents and the school which is most dis­turb­ing. The school prin­ci­pal seems more con­cerned with the law­suit be­ing brought against his school by the par­ents of the dead teen than try­ing to find out why it hap­pened, and most of the par­ents ap­pear to be cu­ri­ously un­aware of the ac­tions of their chil­dren.

As Danya Mah­mood has sug­gested, teens will be watch­ing it and, hope­fully, it will pro­mote more di­a­logue be­tween par­ents, teenagers and the schools they go to. The need for a young per­son is summed up by one char­ac­ter in the se­ries: “I like that you can talk to him.” Eve­lyn Paulssen, Burling­ton

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