Superintendent Raises Alarms Over ’13 Reasons Why’

State of Hawai`i Department of Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi issued a letter to parents and guardians Tuesday raising concerns over the popular, yet controversial, Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.”

The series, based on a 2007 book by the same name authored by Jay Asher, outlines the reasons behind the suicide of a high school student, including serious subjects such as sexual harassment, slut-shaming, rumors, and rape.

Matayoshi said in her letter that the DOE is concerned over the graphic elements in the series, as well as the messaging that is “inconsistent with messages that protect mental and emotional well-being, as well as content that is for mature audiences.”

Parents are urged by Matayoshi to discuss the show with their teenagers.

The National Association of School Psychologists has deemed the show inappropriate for “vulnerable youth.”

View the letter in its entirely here.



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