May 24, 2019 10:52 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Usually, it's the adults that are telling young people not to drink, but some Austin High School students decided to remind adults not to provide them with the tools to drink.
"It's a big thing in the community; there's like a lot of kids in my grade or like other schools around town that just do a lot of underage drinking when they go to parties and other functions like that," said Marion Weke, a sophomore at AHS.
Several members of "Students Taking A New Direction" (STAND), along with local law enforcement, used stickers and tags to mark items in liquor stores to help spread the awareness that underage drinking is an issue, and hopefully, encourage legal purchasers not to buy for those who can't.
"I think that by doing this, this will actually like, people who are going to buy for (minors) for a party or something, it will make them stop and think like, 'oh, wait, I can get in trouble by doing this,' " said Estephanie Flynn, who is also a sophomore at AHS.
The idea behind the campaign is to thank those responsible community members who do not provide underage drinkers with alcohol, while pointing out to those who do illegally purchase for minors that there are consequences.
"We'd like to thank those that are doing the right thing by not providing alcohol to minors, and it also serves as a reminder to those that may, you know, should choose to make that decision to serving minors so we want to make sure that the awareness is there," said Bill Spitzer, coordinator of Austin Positive Action Coalition.
Spitzer says there's a common misconception about teenagers and drinking.
"A lot of times the students think that everybody's doing it, or everybody's drinking, and that's really not the case. In fact, you know in Austin ... only 13 percent of our high students have drank in the last 30 days. Eighty-seven percent have not, you know, so our group tends to focus on that positive," said Spitzer.
The students visited three local liquor stores, placing their reminders on merchandise, and Spitzer says the clerks were more than happy to allow them to spread their message.
Created: May 24, 2019 10:52 PM
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