The North Andover High School punished a student for helping a drunk friend due to their no tolerance policy. The student in question is an honor student and volleyball player who went to the aid of a friend who was too drunk to drive.
Erin Cox received a phone call from a friend who had been drinking and couldn’t drive home. Cox jumped in the car and went to go pick up her friend. She never even thought about getting in trouble with the school.
Cox arrived at the party to pick up her friend just prior to the police arriving to break up the party and arrest the underage kids. She was cleared by the police who determined that not only had she not been drinking but she wasn’t in possession of any alcohol either. Unfortunately, school officials at her Massachusetts high school weren’t as supportive.
The school suspended Erin Cox for five games and removed as her volleyball team’s captain. Her parents attempted to resolve the system through the courts however they were told it wasn’t an issue they could get involved in.
Taking a different path, Erin Cox’s parents have started a petition in the hopes of getting her punishment lifted so she can be reinstated on the team. Family attorney Wendy Murphy stated, “If a kid asks for help from a friend, you don’t want that kid to say, ‘I’m sorry, I can’t help you. I might end up in trouble at school.”
Eleanor Cox revealed how devastated her daughter Erin was over the school’s decision to punish her. Speaking with WBZ-TV, Eleanor said, “She’s [Erin] very fragile and I’m worried about her. Very worried about her. She didn’t do anything wrong.”
In addition to Erin’s parents, the parents of her volleyball teammates have also signed the petition in support of her.
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