The Teen Werewolves of San Antonio

A. Quinton — May. 27th 2010

Some of you have emailed or tweeted me about this, and I had to think a while about how I was going to post it here. I’ve decided to link to the original article, embed a Youtube mirror of the broadcast, and leave it at that (for now). If I try to summarize this thing I’m going to get my editorial slant all over it, and for once I’d rather not do that. I’ll ask a question instead: would you have been a part of this group in high school?

Here you go: “Teen wolves descend upon San Antonio high schools“, courtesy of KENS 5-TV.

  • Roukas

    Wow. I would have run a high risk of being a part of such a group during my high school age years. However, my link to animals or personal lycanthropy (or whatever you want to call it) goes beyond dressing like a Hot Topic employee and wearing a fake tail. That’s not to say that I’d never dress up like a werewolf and party; hell, Fatboy Slim did it, and that’s good enough for me. But I look at it this way: real wolves don’t live a lifestyle of dressing up like humans and trying to be something they’re not. So why should I strive to be like them outwardly?

    All things considered, I think there’s a fine line between animal-people being their genuine-yet-human selves, and animal-people who strive too hard to be something their not. I can’t help but roll my eyes at these kids here, but I also can’t help but feel for them a little.

  • Ugh, emo furries. I wondered if Wolfie Blackheart had something to do with this.

    I probably wouldn’t have hung out with them, the goth kids sort of blended into our metalhead group and they have a tendency to not wear deodorant.

  • michael

    People like this are embarrassing. Vampires and werewolves are the two coolest monsters of fiction and folklore, but that’s all that they are. They are fictional creatures of folklore, not real. Goth kids that claim to be “real” vampires by pretending that the folklore is mistaken because “real vampires are people that feed on energy,” or that “real” werewolves are just people with a strong connection to something like “the animal spirit inside them,” are seriously an embarrassing mockery of horrific creatures of folklore that used to terrify the superstitious. This is the kind of thing that leads to Twilight. Ugh. Vampires are undead monsters that prey on the living and drink their blood. They are ghoulish revenants, not sparkling lovers made of rainbows. And werewolves are unfortunate victims cursed to transform into monsters, not scrawny goth kids with adorable tails. (yes, I know lycanthropy is an actual psychological disorder.)

    Now to be fair to these kids, they didn’t really seem to be calling themselves werewolves. The news people did that. These were more like furry goths that just dress that way for fun. Still stupid though.

  • ArcLight

    I wouldn’t belong to any group that would have me as a member. :)

  • THE_MAD_MAN

    I think I just did the biggest face-palm I have ever done in my life.

  • PDXWerewolf

    What a joke (*facepalm*). Did anyone ask how these teens did during last night’s full moon?

  • viergacht

    Someone’s mommy and daddy didn’t give them enough attention, apparently.

  • Roukas

    @ Michael,

    I see where you’re coming from, but the werewolf of mythology and human imagination has evolved over time. People today have a 15th-century-France way of interpreting the werewolf, but that’s mainly due to our misunderstanding of what man is and what a wolf is to begin with. If you take two incompletely understood things and add them together, then sure, you’ll get a monster (and it’s very interesting to look up the etymology of “monster”).

    My point is that the human imagination has wed the man and the wolf together in different ways throughout time. Some of those ways have been simply monstrous, and some haven’t. Either way, man usually doesn’t understand himself or the lycanthropically linked animal he weds himself too (wereleopard, lion, bear, whatever). What would truly be fascinating (at least for me) would be to get to the root of the lycanthropy thing; to see *why* people combine or observe animal-human combinations. Unfortunately, I don’t think these kids are getting close to the heart of that matter though. I think that ironically, we have to make an effort to men and women of better character in order to really link up with animals.

  • Mac

    Okay, let’s be real honest here: these are teenagers. Whether or not you think it’s sad, they’re really just kids looking for where they fit, regardless of whether or not that vision fits with conventional society.

    For most of these kids, I’m sure this is a passing phase. They’ll either grow out of it or realize it’s not who they are anymore or even who they want to be. There may be a couple that carry this onward into adulthood, but I doubt it will be more than a few.

    As for the whole “werewolf” angle, it’s exactly that: an angle. This is a story that slid across the newsroom desk one day and they had to come up with some sort of hook to get viewers to tune in. These kids aren’t all that different from any other high school clique except for the fact that it’s somewhat more extreme and unusual than your typical groupings such as jocks, nerds, drama geeks and what have you.

    Long story short; so long as they’re not hurting anyone, it’s really not a big deal.

  • Tye

    teens are teens, as long as they’re not hurting anyone or themselves let them do what they want. the little spitfuck that had the poor dog’s skull can go rot. as for the rest of them, whatever floats your boat. i think it’s cool.

  • Nickooru

    This literally makes me sick. The things that you genuinley take seriously , like ACTUAL lycanthropy, is not to be displayed like the way these people are doing. I’am offended.. not saying that im a werewolf, but I am actually interested in them and these people are basically mocking the entire subject. Im sure Twilight has a hand in this; keep your secrets out of the public eye.