Students at Jackson Central-Merry High School in Jackson, Tennessee apparently watched at least a portion of the film, though school administrators are remaining tight lipped about exactly what part the kids saw, who put it on screen, or why the movie was shown.
The Jackson Sun obtained a copy of a letter sent from the school's principal to parents on Friday, two days after the incident, disclosing exactly what had happened:
"I understand that on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, your student may have inadvertently viewed inappropriate content in a JCM classroom. This occurrence is inconsistent with our Mission and Vision at Jackson Central Merry. I have investigated the situation and talked to those involved. Immediate action has been taken to assure that there will be no further occurrences."
No further occurrences? Well that's a relief! Ha!!
According to reports, the teacher in question has been suspended (below):
So what does exec producer Selena Gomez think of all this controversy? It's pretty much what she was going for. She told the AP:
"We stayed very true to the book and that's initially what Jay Asher created, was a beautifully tragic, complicated yet suspenseful story, and I think that's what we wanted to do. We wanted to do it justice and, yeah, that's going to come no matter what. It's not an easy subject to talk about, but I'm very fortunate with how it's doing. I'm overwhelmed. I'm very proud of it."
Whatever your reaction to the show, it is getting a lot more people to talk about the problem of teen suicide.