Dear Families of Franklin-McKinley School District:
We want to make you aware that season two of the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why was released on Friday, May 18th. The series is based on the 2007 best- selling novel of the same name written by Jay Asher. Parents/guardians need to know that 13 Reasons Why is an intense Netflix drama that is not a light watch for younger children. This series explores suicide, rape, bullying, depression, and anxiety in teens. The story behind the series involves a student who has received seven double-sided cassette tapes from a classmate who has recently committed suicide. This series can be difficult to watch and could easily trigger feelings of distress in vulnerable viewers. In watching the series, young people and teens could interpret the message that suicide is a viable and/or romanticized option.
We are notifying you of the second season release to enable you to make informed decisions regarding viewing this series. In the event your child chooses to view this series, you may wish to discuss some of the issues raised. Below are links surrounding this show that will help provide resources for you when you sit down with your child to discuss the series.
It should also be noted that Netflix opens all 13 episodes for continuous viewing so parents should consider metered viewing of the series to allow time to process and discuss themes and feelings that may arise.
If you feel that your child needs support, please reach out to Student Wellness and Support Services at (408) 283-6092. In addition, Uplift Family Services provides 24-hour crisis services by trained mental health professionals that can help a suicidal teenager. Uplift can be reached at (408) 379-9085. If your child is in crisis, call 911.
SELECTED RESOURCES ON MENTAL HEALTH AND RESILIENCE
24-hour Suicide and Crisis Hotline (Santa Clara County): 1-855-278-4204
24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Thank you for your time and attention. As always, we must work together to keep our children safe and healthy.