Mrs. Bradley’s class, also known as peer
communications, was Hannah’s new safe haven now that she no longer had
olly-olly-oxen free. No one was
allowed to talk about other people behind their backs, make rude comments, or
snicker. At the back of her
classroom each student had a paper bag.
Other students anonymously put notes in each other’s bags. We are introduced
to Zach in this
chapter. At Rosie’s diner
Zach was dared by his friends to ask out Hannah, but she did not look at him,
and barely talked to him, so he did not get that date that he thought he would
get. To get back at Hannah, Zach
stole all of the nice notes that were in her paper bag. Hannah knew that something
was up so
she wrote herself a note. The next
day it was not in her bag anymore.
As well as the student’s bags, Mrs. Bradley had a bag. Hannah wrote her
a note telling her
about her suicidal thoughts. In
class they had a discussion about this note, everyone was very helpful, and
supportive but there was one girl who said what everyone was thinking, “It’s
like the person who wrote this note just wants attention. If they really wanted help
have wrote their name.”
chapter begins with Hannah saying that the peer communications class was her
safe haven. Kind of like how the olly-olly-oxen free was for her before. I think that
this was the one thing
that made her decide to kill herself.
The paper bags were an opportunity for students to write encouraging
notes to one another. That is all
that Hannah needed, an encouraging note.
After Zach took them all out she figured that no one noticed her
participating in class, her new haircut, or just her being there. The note that she
put in Mrs. Bradley’s
paper bag about suicide could have been a turning point for her. Everyone was offering
to help her, but
then when that one person said that whoever I t was just needed attention
things started spiraling down. If
the class had reached out to her, and someone had noticed her, they would have
been able to help. And maybe
prevent her from killing herself.
But no one cared, and no one came to her rescue.