Seventeen year old Erin Cox, an honor student and captain of her school's women's volleyball team, was stripped of her title and suspended from five games recently.
Cox, of North Andover, Massachusetts, recently received a call from a drunk friend to pick her up at a party. Sober, she drove over to the house where it was being held-- just as the police showed up. While Officer Brian Neeley later vouched for her, stating that she was sober, the school system still felt compelled to punish her. Why?
The school system has a zero tolerance policy with respect to drugs and alcohol. Cox was proven to be sober and did not have any alcohol in her possession at the time of the incident, but she was a minor around others using it. Just being on site around others who were using was grounds for punishment.
Punishing Cox for being a responsible, loyal friend who would be a designated driver for someone who needed one isn't right. North Andover High School, in making an example of Cox, risks suggesting to its student body that being a designated driver is the wrong choice-- despite countless academic studies showing the extent to which this behavior saves lives.
Sign this petition and urge North Andover High School to correct this injustice and review their policy.
- Superintendent, North Andover Public Schools
Kevin Hutchinson Ed.D.
Drop Erin Cox's Suspension and Reinstate Her As Team Captain!
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