Honor Student Erin Cox Punished for Giving Drunken Friend a Ride Home

Erin CoxErin Cox is a high school senior at North Andover High School.  In addition to her role as captain of the school’s volleyball team she is also an honor student.  Earlier this month, after finishing work Erin received a phone call from a friend who had been drinking at an underage party.  Her friend asked her if she could pick her up to avoid recklessly driving home herself.  As any good friend Erin drove to the party to pick up her friend. 

A few minutes after arriving at the party, police officers arrived at the party.  Erin was not arrestedBoth eye witnesses and police officials state she did not drink alcohol but was in fact at the party to pick up her friend.  Erin was shocked to learn her school was demoting her from her captain position as well as suspending her for 5 games.

Why you might ask?

Well the school has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to underage drinking.  Even though there is no proof Erin was drinking, the school doesn’t seem to care.  Wendy Murphy, the Cox family attorney, is trying to reverse the decision.

She states:

“By punishing Erin Cox, the North Andover School District sends a contrary and very dangerous message — that young people are better off letting their friends drive drunk.”

Twitter supporters are using the hashtag #IStandWithErinCox to bring awareness to the school’s ruling.

The school’s decision to punish this hard-working and genuine friend is a poor reflection of the school.  It is ludicrous that Erin is demoted during her senior year and suspended for 5 games when it is a fact she did not drink.  In addition, she only went to the party to pick up her friend.

I am confused as to what message the school wants to direct towards their students.  Should Erin have allowed her friend to potentially drive recklessly, surely endangering herself as well as others?  The school should immediately reverse the ruling while issuing the biggest apology of their lives.  The stupidity of this situation is reminiscent to the decisions made by our politicians.


Source: ABC News

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2 responses to “Honor Student Erin Cox Punished for Giving Drunken Friend a Ride Home”

  1. JF Owen says :

    You know, you have an unnerving ability to pick the news articles that trip my trigger. 🙂

    It amazes me that a school district could find fault with a responsible young lady who did everything right. The kindest thing I can imagine is that someone in the administration heard her name and the word alcohol and then had some sort of seizure that permanently scrambled their brain.

    This is yet another example of lazy, litigation wary administrators who take the easy way out by blindly following “zero tolerance” rules rather than use common sense. I’ve read news stories about middle school kids who were expelled for having a weapon when their moms packed a plastic butter knife in their lunch so that they could spread their peanut butter and kindergarteners who were suspended for sexual harassment when they kissed another student on the cheek. But this one takes the gold medal for stupidity.

    The internet has been outraged by the story. I hope the voters in her school district are equally offended by the administration for their action and the school board for not calling the Superintendent and the Principal to task for such a idiotic decision. It sounds to me likes it’s time for some new faces on the school board.

    • realtalkrealdebate says :

      haha I had a feeling you’d be interested in this story.

      Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond. I got sick last week and now have finally and hopefully recovered (hence why I haven’t posted in so long).

      This school administration is pretty dumb. I know it isn’t nice to say, but punishing a student for doing the right thing is pretty dumb in my book. They owe her an enormous apology.

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