We Don't Need Another '13 Reasons'

We Don't Need Another '13 Reasons'

What was the reason for this?

So I'm not always quick to jump on the TV bandwagon whenever a new show comes out. But I needed something to watch on Netflix during the Spring TV hiatus. I found the show "13 Reasons Why" during a tornado warning and watched the whole season in a day. I liked the show because it was starting the conversations that we needed to have. The subjects of suicide, sexual assault, and bullying are all real things that are happening to adolescents today. I vouched for the show because I thought it was doing good instead of being just another TV show.

But then came season two.

I was really looking forward to the second season and after spending my whole Friday watching all thirteen episodes, I can say this: This season was absolute pure trash.

I never came down on a show but this current season didn't have a reason to continue this story. I know people are quick to defend something that people don't agree with you but we have to be real here. Half the time it's victim blaming the teenagers and the other half is them bullying or harassing their own. They learned nothing from their actions towards Hannah Baker and continue to act horribly to each other. The storylines contradict and discredit what happened in season one in an effort to have more depth for certain characters. There's no real justice for anyone and the bad guys are given a slap on the wrist instead of actual punishment. We understand that the bad guys get away with everything and anything but this show could've done a different narrative instead of making the audience feel like they're watching another story on the news.

Now the thing that has people talking is the infamous bathroom scene. I never saw it and never will see it because it is too graphic to watch. That led to the almost school shooting that had been foreshadowed since the end of season one and all through season two. The way they capped it off was not even realistic to life scenarios. I will say this, The subject should be addressed but the way the writers they went about it was abhorrent.

It should be pointed out that the show consulted with actual psychologists to go about creating this series and they themselves said that the show is not a helpful outlet and that is trigger filled and detrimental. They told Netflix not to go about the project as the message is being ignored for viewing. But they continued on with the show because they thought they had to bring awareness. They failed to get the message out and this season was just a grab for Netflix to get more money. The writers had a storyline in the first season but then they took all current day issues and collided it all into season two just to get responses. They fell into the category of shows that exploit the teen audience for ratings.

As someone who has gone through depression and bullying, the show left me feeling depressed and asking myself, "What was the point of this season? This show pretends to have a moral high ground and easily convinces young people that these are options to go on but they don’t know that they are doing the complete opposite. The conversations needed to be had, but we don't need another 13 reasons to have them and we're fine with it.

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To the guy that shot my brother...


To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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