…While we are busy composing emotionally intelligent lists of all the excellent questions to ask our kids, many of them are moving on, desensitized already to the horrors of Hannah’s life, reducing the series to something as trivial as a game called “13 Reasons Why” on Snapchat.
In this game, a student posts something on a Snapchat Story along the lines of: “Send me a number between 1 and 13, and I’ll let you know if you get a tape.”
“What does it mean?” I asked several teenagers.
Seventh and eighth graders explained that, “If they say ‘yes’ – meaning you would get a tape – then they are saying they hate you or they would blame you if they committed suicide. It’s a new way to tell people that you don’t like them.” The message of the series is being co-opted into just another way to be unkind to others.