HS Athlete Suspended From Team After Being Designated Driver For Drunk Friend
An honor student and star high school athlete has been suspended from her team after it was revealed that she gave a ride home to a friend who was too drunk to drive.
A Massachusetts high school senior has been stripped of her title as captain of the volleyball team and suspended for five games after she was caught with a bunch of other teens at an underage drinking party.
But, as it turned out (and confirmed by the police), Erin Cox wasn’t there to drink — she was there to pick up a friend who was too drunk to drive.
But as far as North Andover High School is concerned, the 17-year-old honor student violated the district’s zero tolerance alcohol and drug policy just the same.
“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,’” family attorney Wendy Murphy told CBS Boston.
A lawsuit filed by the family in District Court last week was rejected after the judge ruled that the court lacked jurisdiction.
It’s unclear what the school would have had Erin do instead — let the teen drive home drunk? — but, for Erin, the choice was clear.
This is bogus. If she’d have told the friend ‘no’ and they would have gotten behind the wheel and into an accident, what would the school have to say then??