As a person well into my 40s who is not the intended demographic, I am unashamed to say I binged this whole thing over the wkd. There are so many things I think they got right here. They depicted that sense of powerlessness you feel in your teens. The hemmed in feeling from adults who mean very well but unintentionally transfer their anxiety to their teens. The cruelty of kids who are predatory, whatever the reasons. People of all ages not seeing past their own issues. Really good storytelling.
And as a grownup, this show more than most teen shows depicted teens who are doing very adult things but are still very much children. Some of these kids are mean little shits but lots of them are making bad decisions because they're young, emotional and deeply confused. Generally I don't have nurturing instincts but man did I feel protective of some of these kids.
If I were a parent, I'd be educating myself pronto on school policies regarding disclosure of abuse or depression. Mr. Porter was very well-meaning but catastrophically wrong. My parents were both teachers and in their situations, there were strict protocols in a situation like the one when Hannah discloses the sexual assault to him. He would immediately have to call her parents and speak to the principal. Very likely a social worker and a cop would be inside the building in less than an hour. Unfortunately, I think there are so many situations where the policies are so wishy-washy. I was oddly stressed by everything he did wrong in that meeting despite his intentions. When Clay says, "we all have to do better" I was practically yelling at my TV. Yes, Clay! Starting with the damn school!