Special Parent Alert

Dear Parents and Guardians:

This special edition of School Matters contains important information from our Student Services staff. Please take time to review this parental alert. We sincerely appreciate your partnership and want to continue to provide you with tools and resources to support your child!

On May 18, 2018, the second season of “13 Reasons Why” was released. This miniseries is rated TV-MA (Mature Audiences Only) and we encourage you to screen the series yourself before deciding if it’s appropriate for your child. In watching the series, young people could interpret the message that suicide and school violence is a viable and/or romanticized option. The series does not accurately model what we would want or hope individuals do if they are struggling or in crisis. If you choose to allow your child to watch, we wanted to provide some resources that may be valuable to you and your student as you discuss the issues presented in the series.  

Some of the difficult topics highlighted in this series include:

●    Teen suicide
●    School violence and school shootings
●    Bullying
●    Grief
●    Mental health concerns (stress, depression, anxiety, etc.)
●    Sexual assault
●    Alcohol and Substance Abuse
●    Unhealthy peer relationships

If your student watches this show, here are some topics to consider from the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention: https://chapterland.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/12/Tips-for-Parents.pdf  

The link to the discussion guide for “13 Reasons Why” has also been included: http://13reasonswhy.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/13-Reasons-Why-Season-1-Discussion-Guide.compressed.pdf

Students’ personal struggles often come to light when triggered by a tragic event, uncomfortable experience or viewing/hearing a form of media (television show, film, music, etc.) that touches on sensitive topics. It’s important for peers, families and school staff to be on the lookout for warning signs that indicate a student needs support:

●    Changes in school performance (e.g. grades, attendance)
●    Changes in mood
●    Increased disciplinary problems at school
●    Complaints of illness
●    Problems experienced at home or family situations (stress, trauma, divorce, substance abuse, poverty, domestic violence)
●    Communication from teachers about problems at school
●    Withdrawal
●    Difficulty dealing with existing mental health concerns

The Student Services Department in Davie County Schools is here to assist you and your student. We’ve included a list of websites and local resources for your reference:

●    Netflix “13 Reasons Why” Resources
●    American School Counselor Association “13 Reasons Why” Resources
●    Coalition to Support Grieving Students
●    National Sexual Violence Resource Center
●    The National Center for Victims of Crime
●    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
●    Local Emergency Resources 
Brenner’s Children’s Hospital: (336) 713-9200
Old Vineyard: (336) 794-3550
Cardinal Innovations: (800) 939-5911
●    Hotlines
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 for a trained crisis counselor 24/7
School Hotline- Anonymous Tipline: (866) 719-5890

During the school year, our Davie County Schools' staff are diligent to identify and respond to any warning signs regarding student safety. We never want students to feel that suicide or violence is the solution to a problem. If you have questions or worries about the health and well-being of your child or others, please contact the school for assistance. If you have immediate concerns for a child’s safety, contact 911.
Darrin L. Hartness, Ed. D.
(336) 751-5921  |  davie.k12.nc.us |  220 Cherry St, Mocksville, North Carolina  27028