13 Reasons Why Not


Sammie Phillips

13 Reasons Why Not poster hangs in second floor hallway.

The popular Netflix show, “13 Reasons Why,” was released in late March. The show was released to raise awareness for depression and suicide, but there were many conflicting concerns with the show’s overall message.

“13 Reasons Why” triggered controversy, especially in the media. The show deals with a very sensitive topic and it focuses on the idea of revenge. A TV show that was trying to raise awareness for its viewers may have actually done more harm.

“It has been watched by several students in the community. Several schools became aware of the show and even sent letters home to parents warning them to talk to their children about the show before they watch it due to the negative impacts it could have due to the negative message it sends to people,” said OHS Student Body President Shayla Hrncic (12).

Hrncic wanted to do something about suicide awareness and wasn’t sure how to approach such a sensitive situation. She received an email from a student council member at Mehlville High School; this member brought up the “13 Reason’s Why Not” idea to Hrncic and wanted to know if she was interested in doing it at OHS. Hrncic thought it was a wonderful idea and it became a thing at OHS. These are the reasons…

Since everyone was so familiar with the popular TV show, Hrncic wanted to make a positive impact rather than a negative.

The purpose of this campaign was to bring attention to suicide and depression. Student Council is trying to make a way to help those who are dealing with those issues. Student Council are selling wristbands that say “life is tough, but so are you.” These wristbands are another way to provide support; all the money raised from the wristbands are being donated to the Taylor Gilpin Wallace Foundation. Wallace, who committed suicide, was a camp leader at a Fulton Leadership Camp.

Though there were some conflicting opinions about this campaign, Hrncic says she created this campaign with pure intentions. While there may be differing opinions, the campaign is getting people to talk about the issue, which means the concept is being discussed.

“Remember, Oakville, you aren’t alone,” Hrncic said. “If you need someone to talk to, there are counselors, principals, and even teachers that can help.”