Students have been showing up at school drunk — and they haven’t even needed someone over 21 to buy alcohol for them.
Officials at Grady High School in Atlanta have issued a warning to schools all over the U.S. after they discovered a number of their students have been getting wasted on bourbon vanilla extract, according to abc7.
They say students have been buying the baking ingredient from a nearby Trader Joe’s, then mixing it in with Starbucks coffee so they can catch a buzz on their way to school.
In one case, a student had to be hospitalized after getting drunk, school officials say.
A four-ounce bottle of the extract sells for around $9 in the store and $16.61 online at Amazon, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
A commenter in the Atlanta paper said: “This is not an indictment of Trader Joe’s at all, but parents please be aware that this product contains 35% alcohol and we have discovered that some students have consumed this intoxicant. Another thing to keep an eye out for.”