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High School Suspends A Girl For Being The Designated Driver For A Drunk Friend Who Needed A Ride Home

North Andover High School suspended Erin Cox after it learned that she visited a party where alcohol was served in order to help drive her drunk friend home.

1. This is Erin Cox, a 17-year-old North Andover High School senior from North Andover, Massachusetts. Her family says she was recently suspended after helping drive a drunk friend home from a party.

2. The school also took away the honor student’s title of captain of the girl’s volleyball team.


Scarlet Knights

@NA_Athletics

VB opens the season Fri 5pm vs Andover led by Capts Caroline Schmidt Erin Cox Merry Eagan & Katie Lessard

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3. Two weeks ago, Erin went to drive a friend home from a party when the police showed up. Erin was cleared by police, who agreed that she had not been drinking alcohol.


Scarlet Knights

@NA_Athletics

Volleyball: North Andover defeats Central Catholic 3-1. NA moves on to face #rival Andover Sat in the D1 N Finals!

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4. The school said Erin was in violation of its zero-tolerance policy against alcohol and drug use. The Cox family hired attorney Wendy Murphy, hoping to reverse the school’s decision.

5. CBS interviewed Murphy about her work with the Cox family:


If a kid asks for help from a friend, you don’t want that kid to say, ‘I’m sorry, I can’t help you. I might end up in trouble at school.’

6. Friends of Erin are currently starting a petition, and users on Twitter have already begun attacking the school over their decision.

Let @NorthAndoverHS know they acted foolishly projecting a beer summit subject that never did. #IStandWithErinCox

— Shaughn_A (@Shaughn)

Shaughn

@Shaughn_A

Let @NorthAndoverHS know they acted foolishly projecting a beer summit subject that never did. #IStandWithErinCox

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hey @NorthAndoverHS good job suspending a volleyball player for making sure her friend didn't drive drunk. great precedent to set.

— TheJonSheehan (@Jon Sheehan)

Jon Sheehan

@TheJonSheehan

hey @NorthAndoverHS good job suspending a volleyball player for making sure her friend didn’t drive drunk. great precedent to set.

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@NorthAndoverHS Seriously, fuck you. Fucking incompetent bags of shit.

— Frobeus_NS (@Frobeus)

Frobeus

@Frobeus_NS

@NorthAndoverHS Seriously, fuck you. Fucking incompetent bags of shit.

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9. Geoffrey Bok, who represented the high school in court, explained that once the police became involved, the school had no choice but to act.

@NA_Athletics @NorthAndoverHS How can you punish someone for doing the right thing, picking up a friend who needed help is a good deed

— HazmatFTG (@Hazmat F.T.G.)

Hazmat F.T.G.

@HazmatFTG

@NA_Athletics @NorthAndoverHS How can you punish someone for doing the right thing, picking up a friend who needed help is a good deed

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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