The times may not be changin'
The Breakfast Club was a film all about how cliques can keep teens from really getting to know each other in high school. The jocks were way too cool to hang out with the nerds. The popular girls would never be seen with the weird girls. And everyone was afraid of the criminal. The film was released in 1985, but its message is evergreen. It makes everyone think twice before they judge a book by its cover.
Thirty years later, teens are still being teens and forming cliques. Those lines may be blurred, however. These teens and newly-graduated young adults are explaining how things have changed, yet also stayed the same. Here’s what they had to say about what high school and social groups are like today.
The “Aesthetic” clique is a big one here in LA, they all thrift shop, go to shows, and do a lot of drugs. Everyone thinks they’re better than everyone else in that scene, they think theyre cool because they know some band member. It used to be unique, but it seems everyone is trying to be a part of it now. (earyn)
The party girls who say they aren’t party girls. They’re not that hard to spot, they usually hang out with the “cool” kids who do drugs (not limited to pot at my school) and go to a ton of parties and do a ton of stuff.
It’s about half and half with whether or not they’re mean. Half of them are nice, usually they’re not super deep into the lifestyle because they want to graduate, but the other half don’t care, and usually one or two of them ends up pregnant.
Oh then there’s the weird kids who think they’re better than everyone else but in reality, they’re just weird and we’re all kind of scared of them. (skeletonfather)
Stoners are basically in every existing group now, the jocks, nerds, popular kids, every group, some stoners here even have 4.0s, but besides that the aesthetic kids (everything they do has to be what they want, their public image is only what they want people to see, if something isn’t part of their aesthetic they cut it out of their lives), the hardcore druggies (pills, cocaine, etc), and probably a few more I don’t know how to explain. (CreamyPotatoes88)