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?

 

Image via Monalyn Gracia/Corbis