Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:05 CDT
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Teenagers from every generation will always find a way to behave in a way that completely confounds adults from generations prior. Flagpole sitting, music festivals, planking
and others have been curious yet mostly safe ways for kids to act out. Yet there are other dangerous trends out there that teenagers pick up that are more than confusing - many of which can be frightening and dangerous.
A new story this week describes one such trend called "Oculolinctus," or eye-ball licking, which has become all the rage in Japan. Website Naver Matome (translated by Japan Crush
) first pointed out this trend earlier this week, as one sixth grade teacher from Japan accidentally discovered why many of his students were showing up to class with eye patches.
The teacher, known only as "Mr. Y," said the faculty at the school wasn't too worried when several students began showing up to class with styes, eye infections and eye patches. When the staff asked some of these students individually why they were wearing these patches or how they had gotten the infections, they indicated that it wasn't a big deal. However, once 10 students from the same class showed up wearing eye patches, the staff demanded answers.
Mr. Y tells the story of how he accidentally stumbled upon the eye-licking kids:
"After class one day, I went into the equipment store in the gymnasium to tidy up. The door had been left open, and when I looked inside, a male pupil and a female pupil had their faces close together and were kind of fumbling around," writes Mr. Y in his account of his experience with oculolinctus.