Erin Cox, Massachusetts Teen, Punished for Serving as Designated Driver

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By trying to avoid controversy for a friend, Erin Cox finds herself in the middle of some herself.

This 17-year old Andover, Massachusetts high school student recently received a phone call from a pal at a party, saying she was drunk and needed a sober ride home.

So Cox got into her car, drove to the sight of the shindig and was there when police officers arrived on the scene.

Despite a cop vouching for Cox's sobriety, Erin's school demoted her as captain of the volleyball team and suspended her for five games after learning she was simply at the party.

"She did what she thought was right and I'm very proud of her for that," Cox's mother, Eleanor, says of her daughter.

The family filed a lawsuit to fight the school's punishment and released the following statement through its attorney:

"With near daily stories of high school students dying in alcohol-fueled car accidents, we should be glad that young people like Erin Cox are willing to help friends who might not otherwise get home safely.

"By punishing Erin Cox, the North Andover School District sends a contrary and very dangerous message – that young people are better off not letting their friends drive drunk. We will soon file formal legal action against the school district in the hope that officials there will think twice before imposing sanctions on any student whose only offense involves trying to prevent yet another drunk-driving tragedy."

Geoffrey Bok represented the school in court last Friday - when the lawsuit was shot down - and said there was little it could do once the police were involved.

“The school is really trying to take a very serious and principled stand regarding alcohol,” he said. "And we all get that. Teen drinking is a serious problem.”

Again, however, Cox was not drinking.

“I just feel very defeated," Cox tells The Boston Herald. "When you’re in high school you’re supposed to stay perfect and be perfect, but everyone makes mistakes.”

Would she go help her friend again if the same situation arose? Yes, Cox says.

“It was the right thing."

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She goes to North Andover HS NOT ANDOVER. This article is incorrect!

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Don't let the school keep you back pick up your pretty little head and fight through it.. Because at the end of the day you did the right thing.. There's not many young kind hearted people like to you and the fact your friend knew she could count on you is heart warming..

Limom

Once again, the zero tolerance policies of schools do more to hurt students than to teach them the valuable lessons that they'll need to navigate life. The school should be ashamed for punishing a student who tried to do the right thing.

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GET A LAWYER , HON-NY !!! THESE SCHOOL SHITBAGS CAN'T DO ANYTHING AGAINST U ... MEANWHILE ... HEY , SNAPPERHEADS !!! IT'S COLUMBUS DAY YEAH . WHITE PEOPLE'S DAAAAAY !!!!1 AHHHHHH HAAA HHAA .... IN 1492 , COLUBUS SAILED DA BLUE !!!! FOUND THE NEW WORLD , KILLED ALL THE SMELLY INJUNS , AND MADE AMERICA !!!1 UOSS KNOWS ???? COLUMBUS - A WHITE BLONDE EUROPEAN - PAVED THE WAY FORR ALL THIS EXCITING AMERICAN WHITE PEOPLE FUN !!!!

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@ ANDREW++++++DICE+++++CLAY+>>>+

YOUR A MORON!!!

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@ Sam

Lmao stupid ppl like you make me laugh. Thanks 😜

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