School Suspends Teen for Wanting to Drive Her Drunk Friend Home

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Two weeks ago, a 17-year-old Massachusetts girl got a text from a friend at a party saying she was too drunk to drive, and could she come get her? Erin Cox, who is an honor student by the way, went to the home, but the cops showed up before she could find her friend.

She was cleared by the police, who said she was not in possession of any alcohol, but officials at North Andover High School claim she violated their strict zero-tolerance policy. She was stripped of her role as captain of the volleyball team and suspended for five games.

Bravo, guys. This type of thinking is exactly what will keep teenagers safe. Punish the good kids just trying to do the right thing. Very encouraging for other young people that can’t decide whether or not to help a friend in need. Or something.

Seriously, what are they thinking? Should the kids at the party have been drinking? Obviously not. But kids are going to do dumb things, mmmkay? The friend was smart not to get behind the wheel and lucky she had someone she could call. Let’s deal with the whole underage-drinking thing as a separate issue, because after the bad decision had been made, she made the right one to call a friend.

Cox’s mother Eleanor filed a lawsuit against the school, but a judge said last week the court did not have jurisdiction over the case. Eleanor told the Boston Herald that her daughter did the right thing, “saving her from getting in the car when she was intoxicated and hurt herself or getting in the car with someone else who was drinking.”

I think she did the right thing too. Bravo, Erin, you get a gold star in my book. I’m sorry your school is more concerned with their policies than with recognizing and encouraging compassion, safety, and good decision-making.

Do you think she made the right decision to help her friend?


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BiBi Frederick Waltslady

fucking morons!!! I commend her and I hope the school gets all the backlash it deserves

D.j. Lord

the right thing would have been to call the girls parents...but other than that im glad she did make a call and she did tolerance means zero thinking..but if the school starts making exceptions then they get sued for equal protection..well you allowed it here then why not they are screwed which ever way they go

cmjaz cmjaz

This whole zero tolerance policy has made morons out of schhols

nonmember avatar Syd

right...because 1) so many teenagers jump at the chance to rat their friends out, and 2)It is very, very likely that this girl might not have her friend's parents phone numbers. She may never even have met her friend's parents.

ktobin2 ktobin2

My dad is trying to pass a law in Arizona that protects people from doing this. So many overdoses occur because they're friends are too scared to call the cops. However if the law passes, young adults, or anyone who's at a party of some sort can call 911 or even take them to a hospital with no legal repercussion.

nonmember avatar Cass

You left out the best part of the story- the student handbook specifically acknowledges that being present doesn't imply wrongdoing.

adamat34 adamat34

I dont understand how something thst clearly didnt occur in school became a school issue? Furthermore, where is the schools proof? Im under the impression the schools were required to administer substance testing prior to stripping priviliges? Maybe that is just where my sons attend. Good for mom, schools are not the police of all teenagers. They will look like fools made to wont take long.

NatAndCo NatAndCo

What exactly do they have a zero tolerance policy for? Responsible behavior? "You showed responsibility for another member of our student body by making sure she got home safe and frankly, we have zero tolerance for that sort of nonsense."

nonmember avatar Jessica Smith

So she breaks the law, does something irresponsible, but does one smart action and you guys all think she's responsible and should be let off the hook?

Props to her for not being dumb about drinking and driving, but if the policy (and the LAW) say no underage want to omit that part because she at least didn't kill someone?

Let's let all underage kids drink and not punish them if they at least don't drive right after.

Use your heads people.

youth... youthfulsoul

She wasn't even at school. How does this make any sense? 

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