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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-12-2018

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JULY 12-18, 2018 NORTH COUNTY 17 Fiddle N' Fun comes to the Pascoag Public Library BURRILLVILLE - The musicians from Fiddle N' Fun will perform songs, movement and instrument playing at the Pascoag Public Library, 57 Church St., on Thursday, July 19, at 11 a.m. Sign up at the Circulation Desk or call 401-568-6226. IN BRIEF sequences of suicide continue long after the initial shock fades. Beyond the graphic portrayal of Hannah's suicide in the show, which he described as "glamorized," Yingling said he had issues with the show itself. "In the show, Hannah uses her death as a weapon, to get back at those who hurt her," he said. "For young people watching the show, this makes suicide a much more attractive option." For Sanzi, "13 Reasons Why" rais- es more than a few concerns. "The show is rated MA for mature audiences but has been directly targeted to middle schoolers and young high schoolers. As a parent and former educator, my fear is that children will watch this series alone, without any adult who loves them even aware that they're watching it," she said. Sanzi added, "The producers of the show have sensationalized the very issues they rightly say we should be talking about. Whether it's the suicide scene in the first sea- son or the violent bathroom scene (a depiction of sexual violence on a male character) in the last episode of season two, they have pushed the envelope further than necessary in the name of 'dialogue' and as a result, traumatized some viewers unnecessarily." Though viewers can watch the accompanying documentary, Sanzi added, "a viewer has to go out of their way to watch that and the episodes end in a way that makes anyone watching anxious to see what happens next." In binge-watching mode, she argued, no one wants to pause the show to watch people "dis- cuss" the previous episode. Some local teenagers declined to comment on the drawbacks of the show on the record, but did say they think fewer young people are watch- ing now than in the first season. The show isn't discussed nearly as much anymore, they said. Sanzi recommends that parents ask their children about the show, decide if their children should be allowed to watch it, and watch the show with them if so. They should "keep lines of communication open, and be will- ing to talk about subjects that may be uncomfortable and even new for us," she said. "And we as parents should be letting fellow parents (and teachers, friends) know about series like '13 Reasons Why' to help ensure it gets on the radar of as many adults who interact with kids as possible." 13 REASONS From Page 11 MARK BENJAMIN, a special assistant attorney general with the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General, accepted an award from Attorney General PETER F. KILMARTIN, left, on behalf of his late father, Rhode Island State Police Major Lionel "Pete" Benjamin, upon his posthumous induction into the 2018 Rhode Island Criminal Justice Hall of Fame. BRENDAN DOHERTY, right, retired colonel of the Rhode Island State Police and a 2016 Rhode Island Criminal Justice Hall of Fame Inductee and member of its Board of Trustees, nominated Major Benjamin for the induction and delivered the induction remarks at the ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. Benjamin was born and raised in North Providence and spent most of his live in Scituate. Local news. Local owners. You might think every newspaper would be like that. But they aren't. We are.

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