Student’s and staff’s opinions on the controversial themes in “Euphoria”


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Chagrin Falls High School students have been raving over season two of HBO Max’s “Euphoria”. 

The show has faced criticism from parents and staff, as the themes included in the show are graphic in nature. 

“As a mom, it is disturbing to think that teenagers engage in these activities,” said English teacher Mrs. Stefanie Ashkettle. “Some don’t have the emotional capacity to handle the themes that are in the show,” Ashkettle said. 

“Euphoria” depicts high school juniors and seniors using illegal substances and dealing with issues such as addiction, teen pregnancy, domestic abuse, family problems, and death. Many parents believe that their children should not be exposed to such themes at a younger age.  

“‘Euphoria’ is a great show, but it does deal with a graphic subject matter,” stated mother of Chagrin Falls High School student Sam Kleid, Melissa Morton. 

The program is rated TV-MA for a reason. However, some high school students believe they can handle the mature nature of the show. While many parents impose television restrictions on their children, some think the show may be a way for parents and children to communicate about what happens in the real world. 

“My parents and I watch the show together, and I think it has fueled a connection between my parents and I,” said junior Ava Kane. “It invokes meaningful conversations between us and about themes that are pretty dramatic,” Kane said. 

Many families struggle with introducing graphic topics into conversation. Although, some may agree that watching mature shows, such as Euphoria, allows parents to discuss some of the themes that might not otherwise be talked about. It is important for parents to establish their stances on certain ideas, so that they can set up their children for success. 

While Euphoria is a mature show, many students believe that some of the content is relatable. Sharing this opinion is Stella Kronstain, a sophomore and avid viewer of “Euphoria.” She believes that the show casts a light on the daily struggles of teenagers. 

“The show is relatable, not in the sense of major drug use, but the fact that it demonstrates the daily struggles teenagers may face. Mental health issues are a big part of some student’s lives, and I like how ‘Euphoria’ is accurate in its representation of mental health struggles,” Kronstain said. 

The creators of “Euphoria” included many storylines that include mental health. The episode entitled “The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed,” exposes viewers to depression and some of its dangerous consequences, as the bedridden Rue is hospitalized for a kidney infection. Additionally,  In the second episode of season two, “Out of Touch,” we learn more about Kat’s depression, which is causing a loss of interest in her boyfriend, Ethan. 

“Euphoria” implements many themes into its show, some including the struggles that teens face. Depression is a prevalent theme in the lives of a percentage of high schoolers, and the fact that “Euphoria” sheds light on it shows teens that they are not alone. 

“I really like how ‘Euphoria’ showcases mental health issues,” said freshman Maizie Spremulli. “It can make people feel that they are not alone during hard times,” Spremulli said.