A group of teenagers in Bixby are taking a stand against underage drinking.
They partnered with police to put warning stickers on alcoholic beverages in a local supermarket.
FOX23’s Farron Salley went with them and found out why police say kids who start drinking early have more problems down the road and how they’re getting access to the drinks may surprise you.
An officer told FOX23 the first drink most kids have actually comes from their own fridge. And parents don’t realize an early start to drinking can lead to a life of run-ins with police.
The group putting stickers on beer at Doc’s Country Mart on Wednesday wants to stop the trend of underage drinking.
“Because it causes them to do stuff they shouldn’t do,” said Kayla Bristol, a teen volunteer.
“It won’t be fun after while it will just become a habit,” said Maya Tenor, another teen volunteer.
They put out about 300 stickers along the shelves of beer, not as a warning for kids but for parents.
“I don’t believe that parents really understand that that’s what’s happening,” said Harrell Kendrick with Bixby police.
Police know the people buying these drinks are not the only ones going for a sip and these kids have seen it happen.
“When their parents aren’t home they can always take out of their stuff and they can always get their alcohol and go take it with their friends,” said Bristol.
Bristol, 12, has seen it in her own home.
“My brother he started at a young age and it caused him to go overboard,” she said.
Kendrick said unfortunately, he sees those kinds of kids the rest of their life.
“Statistically the younger you drink the more of a problem it’s going to be when you get older as well as the more difficult it will be to break away from it,” he said.
In Tulsa County, 21 percent of sixth-graders report taking beer from their home.
“There’s going to be a lot of partying going on, a lot of underage partying going on and the kids are going to get their alcohol somewhere,” said Kendrick.
But this group hopes their parents aren’t their suppliers.
The kids told FOX23 they plan to put out stickers again when they expect more adults to stock their pantries for the next big holiday weekend.