Show can promote more dialogue
RE: Controversial show can be a tool (May 2)
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