North Andover High Punishes Teen For Giving Drunken Pal Ride Home From Party
NORTH ANDOVER (CBS) — It’s tough for Eleanor Cox to talk about how heartbroken her daughter Erin is over the punishment she received for doing what she thought was right.So, this girl is at home. She gets a call from a friend that the friend is at a party, has had too much to drink, and cannot drive home. Being a responsible person, she goes to give her friend a ride home, and because of that, she is being punished? This is beyond ridiculous. The police cleared her of any wrongdoing, having determined that she had not been involved in the drinking but happened to be at the party at the wrong time. She did exactly what she'd been told to do - rather than her friend get behind the wheel after drinking, she called a sober friend for a ride. Isn't that exactly what they're taught to do in the DARE/anti-DUI lessons?
“She’s very fragile and I’m worried about her. Very worried about her. She didn’t do anything wrong,” Cox told WBZ-TV on Sunday.
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.
So, now, we have an honor student and athlete who cannot participate in her sport and will most likely see her grade point average suffer because she did the right thing. The girl who called her for a ride has got to feel awful about this, because her friend got punished for helping her out. Any guesses on whether she and her other partying friends will call a sober friend next time? Or are they more likely just slip behind the wheel and attempt to drive home, figuring they don't want to get their friends in trouble?
Because of one pinheaded administrator who couldn't deviate from the one-size-fits-all policy, this girl has been punished, harshly, for doing the right thing. I hope her parents get a good lawyer and sue the district over this, especially since they have seen fit to double down on their zero tolerance stupid and fight a court injunction against the punishment - not only did their zero tolerance policy punish an innocent person, but they're backing that decision. You see, the whole reason for "zero tolerance" policies is so chickens**t administrators don't have to make judgement calls - *this* case is bad, but *that* case isn't. They can point to the policy and turn their brains off, smug in the knowledge that "it's policy" trumps any sort of need for discretion or judgement.
The administrators in North Andover can fold their "zero tolerance" policy until it is all sharp corners and cram it...
That is all.