Erin Cox is a North Andover high school senior who has made national news this week. On Oct. 16, CBS News reported that Cox was punished for doing the "right thing" -- or at least that's how her and her family feel. Cox has been punished after offering a ride to a drunk friend. Since the school found out about her decision to be a designated driver, Cox was demoted from volleyball team captain and suspended for five games.
Cox recently received a phone call from a friend who was at a house party and too drunk to drive home. Cox decided to get in her car and go help her friend out. However, just as Cox arrived so did the police.
Erin Cox was not drunk -- and the police confirmed that -- but the school says that they have a "no tolerance policy" when it comes to drugs and alcohol... so Cox was punished. That doesn't seem right, does it? The Cox family has hired an attorney and they are working hard to get the punishment lifted.
Cox, an honor student, has received support from tons of people including other students and their families. While underage drinking is illegal and against school policies, helping others in a time of need shouldn't be. If Cox didn't offer to drive her friend home, that friend may have gotten behind the wheel and something much worse could have happened.
Did Erin Cox do the right thing?
© Effie Orfanides 2013