A teen has been suspended from her school volleyball team after driving home her drunk friend, The Daily Mail reported October 14.
Erin Cox, 17, is a student at North Andover High in Massachusetts. She's the captain of her school's volleyball team, and also an honor student. None of that mattered to the "powers that be" at North Andover High School.
Even though she had a police officer vouch for her sobriety when she drove home a drunken friend from an underage drinking party on Main Street in Boxford where 15 students were caught partying.
Erin, who was at the party, wasn't one of those who were drinking. She was only there to pick up a friend, who called her to drive. Since the friend was intoxicated, it's obvious Erin did the right thing. Not so, according to the school.
The North Andover High School website even promotes helping fellow students stating
‘North Andover students will demonstrate service. They believe the growth and improvement of a relationship and community depends on the willingness of others to contribute support to the greater good.’
Unfortunately, the website didn't come with a warning that you could get in serious trouble at school if you do something the district doesn't approve of. This includes getting a friend home after the friend was intelligent enough to ask for help, rather than driving while intoxicated.
Eleanor Cox, Erin's mother, filed a district court lawsuit last week, but the court has told her the suspension doesn't fall in their jurisdiction. Erin has also been suspended for five of her teams volleyball games. That's harsh punishment for someone trying to prevent a drunk driving tragedy. Especially when MADD shows 31 percent of drunken car accidents have a teen behind the wheel.
The parents of Erin's volleyball teammates support Erin, and have started a petition
This isn't the first time North Andover has been questioned about its policies. Last year a student was suspended after reporting bullying near the school library. In that case the school district defended the suspension saying
"Kids need to learn to steer clear of bullying behavior, even if they are good faith bystanders who report bad behavior to teachers."
North Andover, let us know how this behavior is working out for your school. Since you believe it's okay for intoxicated students to drive and bullies to beat up your students.
A student shouldn't have to worry about getting in trouble for doing the right thing.
Erin, you're a heroine. Don't let anyone tell you differently. If more adults would follow your example, a lot of drunk driving deaths could be avoided. Your parents have raised you to be a responsible citizen.
It's unfortunate those who make the decisions at your school obviously didn't have parents who instilled a sense of right and wrong.