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Teens use "sticker shock" to keep alcohol away from underage drinkers

KENNEBUNK (WGME) -- A group of high school students joined police Saturday morning placing alcohol awareness stickers on alcohol in stores.  The students were from RSU 21 which is comprised of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel.

The campaign, called "Project Sticker Shock" targets those who supply minors with alcohol. The bright orange stickers remind buyers that providing alcohol to minors is illegal and that fines are up to $2000 and/or one year in jail.

Students say the project is a different way to get the message accross.

"We used to do a car crash scene but that gets old," said Megan Hall, a Senior at Kennebunk High School. "This is something that's more effective to actually the people providing the alcohol."

School Resource Officer Mark Carney organized the students in groups to travel to 13 different stores within the district to fill participating stores with the stickers.

"I think we've got to get to the source of the problem, the source of the problem is there's people 21 and over buying alcohol and providing to minors," said Carney.

The project comes just weeks before the high school's junior and senior prom. The students hope the stickers will send the message of responsibility now to adults so it's a safe one.

"I've seen many people get drunk and I don't want them to drive that way or be in any endangerment at all," said Meaghan Dube, a junior at Kennebunk High School.  "I want that warning to be out there and them to be safe."