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We hope by the time kids are teens, they've learned to do what is right. A high school in Massachusetts is more interested in district policy than good intentions after a student tried to help her friend in need.

Two weeks ago Erin Cox, a senior at Andover High School, received a call from a friend who was too drunk to drive home from a house party. Just as Erin arrived at the house to pick up her friend so, too, did the cops. While Erin was questioned by police, she was released without charge. Several other students at the party were arrested for being minors in possession.

School officials, however, argued her presence at the party broke their zero-tolerance policy regarding drugs and alcohol. Erin was stripped of her 'captain' title on the volleyball team and suspended for five games. Erin's mother told WBZ-TV the honor student is crushed by the punishment.

"She didn't do anything wrong. She did what she thought was right, and I'm very proud of her," Erin's mother said." Eleanor Cox told WBZ-TV.

The Cox family had no luck challenging the school's decision in court. A petition of support has been started by her friends at school in an effort to have the punishments overturned.



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      quazachazed
      • 1 Year Ago
      The girl should have called the drunk girls parents/ guardians and had them pick up their drunk child. Or had the cops come because a crime was in progress. Technically her not reporting the crime her friend was committing of underage drinking was abetting. She made a bad choice of how to handle a situation which she did not commit. Perhaps they are acting a bit too tough on this but Drinking and drugs seem to be too commonplace and generally accepted because what they said everyone is doing it and the other thing people say you were young once. I was young and I never did anything like that. But you think that is bad for her punishment how about the kids that get punished just because they do not want to be picked on, and do not do any underage drinking or drugs and do not associate with people who do.
      FRANK FROM SARASOTA
      • 1 Year Ago
      The school is sending a terrible message to it's students! Would they rather have the drunk girl drive home and kill someone? This young woman did a good deed and should be praised for acting in a sensible and mature way.
      intimagemd
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ridiculous! I'd be proud to be her mother! Don't ever change, young lady!
      • 1 Year Ago
      SO , she says no to her friend I can't I will get in trouble.. her friend gets into a auto and kill one of the teachers kid is she still playing volley ball ... all who see this will smell the Bull Poo knows and knows it stinks to high Heaven , one must ask ones self " What would Jesus Do" these people should wear shame all the days of their lives...
      mkdogolfs
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kids, especially older kids, are pretty sure they can handle some things, like coming to a friend's aid. I wish she had told a responsible adult--her mom?--of her intentions. If Mom had been along, perhaps things might not have turned out as they did. That said, I don't think the Administrators at Andover did the right thing. This young woman could learn a great deal without losing hard-won honors.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The schools are run by government and government is run by educated idiots!!
      ROBERT W SELF
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is what you get when you let the schools police our kids
      jyates1936
      • 1 Year Ago
      I for one get depressed reading about our screwed up schools almost on a daily basis. What's wrong with the people who run our schools? They are college graduates and mature adults. Mature may be the wrong word here. Anyhoo, seems the school leaders are dumb as a fence post. This girl may have saved a life or lives by going to pick up her drunk friend. Her reward? Punishment by her moronic school. Its like this is most of our schools. And I don't see it getting better. It will continue its downward spiral as political correntness had a toehold.
      • 1 Year Ago
      heartless bastards we should behead them all
      demajors
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like the "zero tolerance" policy the USCG has (or had) for "alcohol incidents". It was NOT unheard of for the "designated driver" to get nailed just as badly for "being in the room when something happened", as anyone who was actually drinking and got into an altercation or otherwise caused trouble. Policy still existed when I retired in '06, and still does as far as I know.
      Bonnie Elizabeth
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the kind of unfair nonsense that school do when they have nuts for brains.
      • 1 Year Ago
      She felt that her friend's safety was more important than the school rules. Decisions are difficult, and we must live with them. Who knows, she may gain more from this experience than from being a captain of a HS volleyball team.
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