People are talking about 13 Reasons Why, currently streaming on Netflix. The focus of the series is a high school girl who commits suicide and leaves behind audio tapes that detail the people and their actions which led her to take her own life.
As a peer notes, the first episode portrays American "high school culture including the pressures teenagers feel to fit in and the role of social media. The following episodes take a darker turn as several rape scenes are depicted. The serious topic of suicide remains central to the storyline as well as mental health."
One of the benefits of the LRCA Golden Triangle is to walk arm-and-arm together, fully aware of the cultural pressures on our children and equipped to wisely talk about these issues.
Perhaps, you are not aware of the series. That's OK. Neither was I. Perhaps, your children are watching the show or reading the book. Are you talking about it? Biblical worldview is more than a class at LRCA, it extends to your home and church as well. It is important for families to have open discussion about the media's influence on us and delve into the Bible's message on these intense topics.
We encourage you to read this recent blog by Trevin Wax, editor of The Gospel Project.
Remember the theme song from M*A*S*H? "Suicide is Painless." No, it's not. Nor is suicide intriguing or a solution for a 'hopeless' situation. As Christians, we believe that hope is found in Jesus Christ. Together, let's keep pointing the way to Life, not Death.
We're with you,
Gary B. Arnold, Ed.D.
Head of School - Little Rock Christian Academy