Breckenridge students putting their mark on stopping underage drinkingFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A group of Breckenridge High School students is coming together to be a stop to underage drinking and warn older people who might be providing the alcohol.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A group of Breckenridge High School students is coming together to be a stop to underage drinking and warn older people who might be providing the alcohol.
The students, all members of the school's SADD program, are taking part in a new Wilkin County prevention campaign just in time for graduation celebrations.
For many high schoolers fighting to fit in may come at a high price.
Jeanne DeFries, Sophomore SADD Member: "It's just the normal thing now, for underage people to drink, and it shouldn't be that way."
Megan Roers, Sophomore SADD Member: "Anybody that drinks, one is too many."
These girls are trying to crack down on an underage drinking problem in Wilkin County, where studies show about 60 percent of seniors have experimented with alcohol, and maybe more graduation season.
Trina Reinke, Wilkin Co. Youth and Community Prevention Coalition: "We're finding through our research and data that alcohol isn't being bought directly by those underage, but instead they're getting it from older friends, siblings, relatives, those that are over 21."
So they've started a "Sticker Shock" campaign, going into liquor stores and bars in the Twin Towns and putting large warning labels on the packaging.
Roers: "It felt weird to be in these stores where I've never been in before."
The students focused on putting stickers on full cases of beer. They say that's what people buy for graduation parties.
Reinke: "I think they really don't know the penalties that come along with it and the trouble they could really get in."
What some buyers may not know is that purchasing alcohol for someone underage is illegal. So is allowing minors to drink on your property. Both come with penalties in Breckenridge, like 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Reinke: "If nothing else I hope it just makes them take a second thought about what they're doing."
Roers: "This can damage every aspect of your life."
A simple sticker that can save some legal consequences and maybe a life.
On the Wahpeton side, the penalties include 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.