Dear Weathersfield Parents:
There is a 13 episode series called "13 Reasons Why" currently being marketed by Netflix which we feel compelled to address and bring to the attention of parents.
First of all, the show is rated for mature audiences and Netflix Officials also warn parents about the mature language and content of “13 Reasons Why.” Weathersfield School feels the show glamorizes suicide ideation and does not promote the practice of seeking help if teens are feeling hopeless.
Students who hear about, or watch this series may feel confused as a result of how the series addresses topics such as bullying and depression.
We encourage you to have a conversation with your child(ren) about the seriousness of mental health issues. Encourage them to reach out to any adult when they are feeling overwhelmed. We also urge parents to take an active role in what their children are watching and posting online.
Here are some questions to start a conversation at home:
- What things have you seen in TV shows, Youtube videos, social media, etc. about mental health issues and suicide and how did it make you feel?
- For those who have watched “13 Reasons Why,” what was particularly disturbing?
- What has helped you feel better when you are feeling down? What has helped others?
Jessica Wilmot, Dean of Students