The Los Angeles premiere for Season 2 of “13 Reasons Why” has been canceled in the wake of a deadly shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, Netflix said in a statement Friday.
“Our hearts are with the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting, and with all victims of gun violence. In light of today’s tragedy, we are cancelling the ’13 Reasons Why’ S2 premiere event tonight,” the statement said.
On Friday, a male student went on a shooting spree at Santa Fe High School, killing at least 10 and leaving at least 10 others wounded, according to the New York Times. One of the storylines in Season 2 of the Netflix drama involves a thwarted school shooting.
“13 Reasons Why” Season 2 dropped on Netflix on Friday, and is now streaming. The show received criticism after its first season for depicting the main character’s suicide. The show is based on the novel by Jay Asher of the same name, though Season 2 continues the story beyond the source material. The end of Season 1 hinted at gun violence in the new season, as one bullied character is shown to be storing guns.
When asked about the backlash by USA Today, creator Brian Yorkey said “I truly believe that all conversation is good.”
“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t affected by some of the strongly negative reactions to the show, because it’s a show I’m very proud of,” he said. “But in the bigger picture, positive or negative, there were really intense conversations happening, and many of them were not happening before the show. You can’t have that kind of impact without some real polarity in the opinions, and I’m grateful for all of it.”
Season 2 features added trigger warnings, and www.13reasonswhy.info was launched to provide information and crisis hotlines to viewers.