'13 Reasons Why' Premiere Canceled After Santa Fe High School Shooting


Netflix has canceled Friday's premiere the second season  13 Reasons Why in Los Angeles following a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.

The second season's storyline focuses in part on a plot having to do with a thwarted school shooting.

“Our hearts are with the victims the Santa Fe High School shooting, and with all victims gun violence. In light today's tragedy, we are cancelling the 13 Reasons Why S2 premiere event tonight,” Netflix said in a statement.

The first season set up a few threads that dealt with gun violence: At the end the season viewers learned that character Alex (Miles Heizer) shot himself and was rushed to the hospital; season two will deal with the aftermath that storyline. The first season also found character Tyler (Devin Druid), a bullied high schooler, accumulating an arsenal weapons in his room.

Netflix's decision on the second season's premiere comes after the first season the Netflix show weathered some backlash about the graphic depiction character Hannah Baker's (Katherine Langford) suicide. For the second season, which deals with the aftermath the event season one as well as sexual assault and gun violence, the streamer has created a series PSAs and resources with support information.

“There was a tremendous amount conversation in the culture around the show. Obviously as humans in the culture we were aware the conversation,” showrunner Brian Yorkey told The Hollywood Reporter in mid-May. “We listened to it, all different sides, all different points view on the story and on season one.” 

Two suspects are in custody after at least one gunman opened fire at a high school in Sante Fe and killed eight to 10 people, most students, on Friday. It was the deadliest school shooting since a gunman killed 17 at a U.S. school in Parkland, Fla. in February.

This post was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.