We all know about people who dress like vampires but it seems the latest craze to hit US high schools is teen werewolves! Apparently “werewolf gangs” have sprung up all over the United States, with kids wearing werewolf contact lenses, fangs and even wolf tails. Yellow contact lenses and plastic fangs are the most popular accessories but teachers say these new teen werewolves are just regular kids who want to belong to a group. Bemused head teacher Bill Hill says: “They walk down the hallways swishing their tails. It’s a bit different from the school gangs of my youth – but they donâ€™t seem troublesome.”
It is easy to conclude that these werewolf loving teens have been inspired by films such as Twilight and The Wolfman but the idea of werewolves as edgy outsiders is nothing new. Deikitsen â€œLupusâ€ Manley, 15, who claims to be pack leader at Brandeis High School in San Antonio, said: â€œHuman wolves have been around a lot longer than characters in Twilight. It gives us a sense of belonging. You gain friends and you belong and indulge your wild side.â€ Another â€œwolfâ€ named Argus said: â€œWeâ€™re not to be feared.â€ Deikitsenâ€™s mum Pam said: â€œAs soon as he walks in the door, he is supposed to take out the fangs, and lose the werewolf contact lenses and tail. Theyâ€™re good kids. It takes courage to stand up and be who you want to be.â€ Whatever their motivation, I canâ€™t say I blame teens for wanting to be different. Everyone needs a way to express themselves and if they want to dress up like little werewolves then fair enough!
Werewolf Contact Lenses
Almost all of these â€œteen wolvesâ€ like to wear werewolf contact lenses and they are an easy way to get the look. There are lots of different types of werewolf contacts available but the most popular are the yellow and green werewolf contact lenses shown below. My only concern with the popularity of these lenses is safety â€“ misusing contact lenses can lead to nasty eye infections. The key to staying safe while wearing lenses is to clean and store your lenses correctly. Lenses should be cleaned with contact lens solution and you should always wash your hands before handling lenses. Another important thing is not to share your lenses with anyone. This is a sure fire way to get conjunctivitis â€“ it really hurts so NEVER share your werewolf lenses guys!