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He is the new counselor at Liberty High School. He is the subject of the thirteenth and final tape made by Hannah Baker, where he was responsible for not helping Hannah after she told him about her sexual assault and suicidal thoughts. He is the new counselor after Mrs. Antilly moved to another school district. He is portrayed by Derek Luke.
Throughout the Series
After Hannah was raped by Bryce at his party, she famously quotes at the beginning of the episode that she is "giving life one last try". She then goes to Mr. Porter and tells him that she was raped. Mr. Porter asks Hannah if she said no or told her rapist to stop, to which she replies no. He then says that she probably consented and then regretted it afterwards and tells her to "move on" after she says she doesn't want to press charges and refuses to give the name of the person who raped her. Hannah is infuriated by Mr. Porter's response and storms out of his office. She then pauses outside of his office and hopes that he will come after her, but he doesn't. This leads to Hannah grabbing several packets of cassette tapes and a box of razor blades from her parents' store, going home and recording the tapes, turning in her work uniform to Clay, leaving the tapes outside of Tony's house, going back home, filling up the bathtub, and getting in and slitting her wrists. She bleeds to death in the bathtub and names Mr. Porter as the final reason as to why she killed herself.
Mr. Porter is shown to be an intelligent and somewhat caring person who is a loving husband and father and is kind to the students at Liberty High. However he is also a somewhat selfish person and also a complete coward and ineffective at his job as a counselor as he was unable to deduce that Hannah Baker was suicidal during the meeting he had with her on the day she killed herself and did not understand that she was desperately calling out for help from him after being raped by Bryce Walker and he simply told her just to move on from the assault. As a result, Mr. Porter is the final reason for why Hannah chose to end her life and according to Clay could've stopped it completely had he done his job properly.
Before being confronted by Clay, Mr. Porter denies numerous times that he knew anything of Hannah's struggles and that he met with her on the day she killed herself and attempts to hide it no doubt to protect his career and the school itself, showing that he a complete coward. When Clay confronts him he still attempts to deny his actions and no doubt after Clay tells him the story is utterly devastated by his failure, but still claims that they could not have possibly stopped her from killing herself. After being given the tapes and learning of Alex's attempted suicide he is no doubt shocked as well and finally grasps the horror of the consequences of his actions.