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Mr. Bolan met up with Olivia Baker, and Mrs. Baker asked if Hannah was unhappy at school because they don't understand why she committed suicide. He told her that he can't talk with her because of the lawsuit. He talked with Kevin Porter about talking to the students who might know more about Hannah, and asked Mr. Porter if Hannah ever talked with him. Mr. Porter lied, and Mr. Bolan mentioned that if only they had known about how she felt earlier.
Mr. Bolan and Mr. Porter held a presentation for parents about how to recognize symptoms of depression. Mrs. Baker came in and told everyone about what students have carved at the restroom walls. They go to the restrooms and discuss painting over the graffiti.
After Mr. Porter's testimony, Mr. Bolan was surprised he showed up at school the next day and forbid him to have contact with any of the students. Mr. Bolan later told Mr. Porter that he's fired. Mr. Porter told him that he needs to do more to help students and accused him of paying sport coaches twice as much as counselor's. Mr. Porter gave him files of students he flagged as critical, who need a lot of attention. Mr. Bolan threw in on the desk, seemingly not planning to do anything with them.
Some of the students and parents believe that Bolan isn't interested in hearing their concerns, but rather supporting and fulfilling the jocks' desires and beliefs, or the school's reputation. Nevertheless, he is held in high regard by some esteemed members of the school community. He tends to be very strict on students who are not obeying the rules or what he instructs them to do. During the Bakers' lawsuit against the school, he had fired Porter because of his lack of concern for the students. He had also ignored Jessica Davis' attempt to prevent sexual assault on the school campus by going forward with the Homecoming game, also informing her that he would most likely let Bryce Walker return to Liberty High despite his actions. Throughout the third season, he reprimands Jessica over the events at the Homecoming game and the fallout, even threatening to take away her position as student body president. In Season 2, he admits to Clay that he didn't listen to the tapes, and seemingly does not listen to Mr. Porter's concerns about students who need more help than average, claiming per student spending as his reason. Kat states in her deposition that Bolan "feeds into" the corruption and favoritism toward athletes.
Despite all this, Bolan is not simply a corrupt bureaucrat, and actually does care about the needs of the students. During Season 3, he provides HO with the resources they need to accomplish their goals. He also tells Jessica that he was arrested for protesting apartheid, and is a feminist. He also warns Jessica against protesting Bryce's funeral, which Jessica agrees with, as it is not activism. He forces Jessica to apologize for her actions at Homecoming, which Jessica does, while affirming her status as a sexual assault survivor and promising to help. Bolan is the first to clap, showing his support.
Overall, it appears that he cares more about the reputation of the school as a whole than the students individually, but this does not mean that the individual students do not matter at all.
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- Mr. Bolan: "I know you think I'm the bad guy in this whole story. But, I've been educating kids for 30 years, and the most important thing to me is keeping you safe, keeping you alive."
- Clay: "I'm alive."
- Mr. Bolan: "And the most dangerous thing would be to believe somehow that Hannah's suicide is more than a tragic death. She's not a hero. She does not have lessons to teach us. And we need to recognize the sad and simple truth that she is dead and gone forever."
- Clay: "I recognize that."
- Mr. Bolan: "No, I don't think you really do."
- ― Mr. Bolan informs Clay about the reality of Hannah's suicide[src]
- See also: Category:Images of Gary Bolan
- ↑ Son, Diana (writer) & Shaver, Helen (director) (March 31, 2017). "Tape 2, Side A". 13 Reasons Why. Season 1. Episode 3. Netflix.
- ↑ Higgins, Thomas (writer) & Shaver, Helen (director) (March 31, 2017). "Tape 2, Side B". 13 Reasons Why. Season 1. Episode 4. Netflix.
- ↑ Yorkey, Brian (writer) & Alvarez, Kyle Patrick (director) (March 31, 2017). "Tape 7, Side A". 13 Reasons Why. Season 1. Episode 13. Netflix.
- ↑ Yorkey, Brian (writer) & Araki, Gregg (director) (May 18, 2018). "The First Polaroid". 13 Reasons Why. Season 2. Episode 1.
- ↑ Moore, Kirk A. (writer) & Candler, Kat (director). (May 18, 2018). "Smile, Bitches". 13 Reasons Why. Season 2. Episode 10.
- ↑ Cerar, Jo Marissa & Higgins, Thomas (writer) & Yu, Jessica (director). (May 18, 2018). "The Box of Polaroids". 13 Reasons Why. Season 2. Episode 12.