SOBER student, 17, is suspended from high school and stripped of volleyball captaincy because she drove her drunk friend home from a party
- A police officer vouched for honor student Erin Cox’s sobriety
- Erin’s mother tried to file a claim in court against the school’s decision but it is not under their jurisdiction
- Parents of Erin’s volleyball teammates are starting a petition to support her
A 17-year-old North Andover High School senior from Massachusetts drove to a party to pick up her friend who was too drunk to drive.
Little did Erin Cox know that her decision to be a sober driver for her drunken friend would cost her title as volleyball team captain. The teen was also suspended for five games.
Fox reports that authorities busted the underage drinking party on Main Street in Boxford, Maand warned the 15 North Andover High School students that they would be called to court for drinking.
Honorable student: Erin Cox, a 17-year-old honor student, lost her title as captain of the volleyball team when she agreed to drive her drunk friend home from a party
North Andover High School in Massachusetts where a zero alcohol tolerance policy also refers to sober drivers
Erin Cox was one of those unlucky students , but she wasn’t drinking. An officer vouched for her sobriety but that didn’t change the school’s decision to punish the girl for her friend’s behaviour.
Erin’s mother, Eleanor Cox, filed a lawsuit in the district court last week but the court told her that the school suspension was not under their jurisdiction.
The family’s lawyer Wendy Murphy told CBS, ‘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.”’
Erin’s mother, Eleanor cox, believes that her daughter did the right thing and that she shouldn’t lose her position as team captain
MADD reports that drunk driving is extremely dangerous and amounts for one third of car accidents
The school’s website has a section in which it describes its ‘social learning expectations.’ It states, ‘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.’
Drunk driving is extremely dangerous and amounts for one third of car accidents, MADD reports. In recent years, 31 per cent of drunken car accidents were caused by teen drivers.
Erin Cox’s attempt to protect her friend from an accident could qualify under ‘the willingness of others to contribute to the greater good.’
When asked if she would drive her friend home safely after becoming aware of the consequences, she said that she would.
‘She didn’t do anything wrong. She did what she thought was right, and I’m very proud of her,’ Erin’s mother said.
CBS reported that the parents of Erin’s teammates are forming a petition to support her.
The school’s lawyer Geoffrey Bok contends that the school is trying to follow through with its zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy.
School officials were unavailable to comment on their opinion about drunk driving prevention.