Lost Priorities … North Andover High School Punishes Teen Erin Cox for Being Responsible and Giving Drunken Friend a Ride Home From a Party
Honestly, what has happened to the world that I grew up in … ZERO Tolerance has ZERO common sense.
North Andover High School senior, 17 year old Erin Cox has been demoted from being captain of the school’s volleyball team and suspended for 5 games because she did the right thing and went to a party to drive a drunk friend home. That is correct folks, punished because of an ignorant “zero alcohol” policy for actually doing the responsible thing. How is it that we have become a nation that punishes people for doing the right and responsible thing? UNREAL. This is not a trouble making student, in fact she is a model student. I guess the rocket scientists at the school would rather have teenagers drive drunk and harm kill themselves, as well as putting other innocent people in harms way?
Is this the message that we want to be teaching kids? Attorney Wendy Murphy, friend of SM and frequent guest of the Dana Pretzer Show, is representing the teen against the ridiculous policies of the North Andover, MA school. 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.’” She is 100% correct.
Two weeks ago, Erin received a call from a friend at a party who was too drunk to drive. Erin drove to Boxford after work to pick up her friend. Moments after she arrived, the cops arrived too and busted several kids for underage possession of alcohol.
A North Andover High School honor student, Erin was cleared by police, who agreed she had not been drinking and was not in possession of alcohol. But Andover High told Erin she was in violation of the district’s zero tolerance policy against alcohol and drug use. In the middle of her senior year, Erin was demoted from captain of the volleyball team and told she would be suspended from playing for five games.
From The Daily Caller … We are proud of her as well!!!
According to AHS’s student handbook, student athletes are forbidden from “knowingly being and remaining in the presence of other minors using alcohol or illegal drugs or controlled substances.” Since Cox admittedly attended the party–in order to help her drunk friend–she violated the policy.
But Cox’s mother says she did the right thing, regardless of district policy.
“She didn’t do anything wrong,” said Eleanor Cox. “She did what she thought was right, and I’m very proud of her.”