What should you do if an underage intoxicated friend needs to get home?
If you happen to be an honor student and sports team captain at North Andover High School, you should definitely NOT give them a ride home or you might find yourself in the position of young Erin Cox, a Boston area student.
In another act of public school zero tolerance idiocy, North Andover High School in Massachusetts, has punished a student, all because she gave a ride to a friend who was too drunk to drive. By doing so, Erin (who police confirmed was completely sober) violated the school’s “no drugs and alcohol” policy.
Two weeks ago, Erin received a call from a friend at a party who was too drunk to drive. Erin drove to Boxford after work to pick up her friend. Moments after she arrived, the cops arrived too and busted several kids for underage possession of alcohol.
A North Andover High School honor student, Erin was cleared by police, who agreed she had not been drinking and was not in possession of alcohol. But Andover High told Erin she was in violation of the district’s zero tolerance policy against alcohol and drug use. In the middle of her senior year, Erin was demoted from captain of the volleyball team and told she would be suspended from playing for five games.
The Cox family filed a lawsuit in District Court on Friday but a lawyer for the school district argued against any kind of injunction. The judge ruled the court did not have jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, the parents of Erin’s teammates have started a petition to support her.
Neither the school district nor its attorney could be reached for comment Sunday. (source)
So, boys and girls, what have we learned here?
If someone is too drunk to drive, you should understand that it’s not your problem. Far better that they get into an accident and kill an innocent person than you associate with them and violate the “zero tolerance” policy by merely being in the car and inhaling their inebriated fumes.
When can we institute a “zero tolerance” policy for school stupidity?