In the final countdown of “13 Reasons Why” Season two. We see a tragic and mortifying reality.
STILL in defense of Bryce, the biggest and baddest bullies of the school, attack Tyler in the bathroom. For many teenagers, being targeted, cornered and/or pinned down is a tribulation faced all to often.
For those of you who haven’t seen this scene, it was quite a brutal one. So brutal, had it gone just an inch farther could have costed Tyler his life.
After having his head slammed into a bathroom sink, and being raped by a mop stick, Tyler was left sulking in his own shame inside the boys bathroom.
Go figure parents…. It’s possible that when our kids are at school, they aren’t safe and/or possibly in danger.
This scene in itself speaks a message:
Where were the teachers?
As the episode progresses, Tyler sits at his desk deeply wounded. After lying to his mother about how great his day was at school, he checks his wound, and still finds blood.
Within moments, Tyler is reacting: He opens up his suitcase full of guns and he wants his revenge.
And so…He heads to the school, armed and ready to lash. If not for someone tipping off Clay, AND Clay being brave enough to greet Tyler outside before reaching the building, things could have happened very different that evening at their school dance.
Tyler places the gun to Clays head because Clay is merely in his way. Tyler almost eliminates Clay, but while in the line of fire and a dire moment Clay hollers, “I don’t want you to die!”
Assuming that if Tyler went off on his peers, the end result would be his own death by authorities.
In a moment of justice within injustice, Tyler calms himself realizing that maybe someone did care for him.
Being ostracized by everyone at school was something Tyler was dealing with on a daily basis, and while on an island all to himself most days, Clay’s refreshing sense of friendship puts Tyler at ease.
Tony, then rolls up in his car, thrusting the passenger door open, “Get in the car!”
Tyler looks at Clay, “Whaaat?”
Clay responds, “It’s OK, just go.”
Tony shouted, “Get in the car!” Once more.
“Go!” Clay adds, and Tyler hops in.
With that, they shuffle Tyler as far away from the school as possible.
In an innate desire to experience no more death, Clay, and Tony become the everyday heroes the evening needed.
This episode left me thinking: Lately, there has been an abundance of school attacks. Done by students.
You see, as I stated in my “1 Reason Why” post everyone involved in escalating a situation is responsible for those end results.
While, we all to often blame one person or the other when dealing with a situation, we tend to forget about what incidents may have led up to that point.
Tyler’s actions in the last episode of the season shines a light on the realities of teen violence, the result of bullying, and the impact that anger, hatred, shaming, and strife leaves.
It also opens closed eyes to the reality of these incidents we are seeing, and hearing about around the nation with our teenagers.
While, some people may not like the series, I will say that as someone who searches for deeper meanings, there are a lot of HARSH REALITIES that “13 Reasons Why” raises awareness to.
“In the wake of tragedies, everyone involved plays a part, and everyone involved is severely impacted.” #StuffRareSays
With that said, as Clay did. Offering your friendship upon another can often make all the difference in the world. Ultimately, as I’ve often said,
“In a world full of haters, choose to be an encourager.”
Therein lays the difference. Empower people, be there for people, accept people, and love people. It’s all it takes.