Mass. student punished for aiding drunken friend

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) A Massachusetts high school senior has lost her volleyball team captaincy and been suspended for five games for what she says was an effort to help a drunken friend.

North Andover High School's Erin Cox says she got a call two weeks ago from a friend at a party who said she was too drunk to drive.

Cox, trying to do the right thing, went to pick up her friend. She got to the party, but so did police.

Police confirm Cox was not drinking, but school officials punished her for violating a no tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol.

Erin's mother, Eleanor Cox, tells WBZ-TV her daughter "did what she thought was right."

The family has hired a lawyer.

Neither the school superintendent nor principal immediately responded to telephone messages.


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