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BOSTON, MA — A controversy is brewing in Massachusetts over a high school student’s punishment.

Two weeks ago, Erin Cox, 17, said she got a call from a friend that needed a ride home from a party. Her friend had been drinking and Erin drove to pick her up, according to WBZ-TV.

But moments after she arrived, the police did too, and busted several kids for underage drinking.

Erin, who is an honors student, was cleared by police who agreed she had not been drinking.

But the 17-year-old faced a harsh punishment from school officials.

Officials at North Andover High School told Erin she was in violation of the school’s zero tolerance policy.  The senior was demoted from captain of the volleyball team and was suspended for five games.

Erin’s family filed a lawsuit, but a lawyer for the school district argued against an injunction. The judge ruled the court did not have jurisdiction.

The parents of Erin’s teammates started a petition to support the senior.

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4 comments

  • Kandi

    What if the girl drinking was dropped off at home without parents notification and died. Who’s fault? It’s a slippery slope…..

  • what were ya thinkin

    well ..this may have an impact on getting future zero tolerance forms signed….parents and students alike may need to reconsider what they are agreeing to

  • Nina

    Why wasn’t the girl’s mother with her when she went to pick up her friend? I would hope that my daughter would have informed me of the situation, which was also knowledge of a crime (underage drinking) before going out on a limb to help her friend leave the party. I am sure that there would also have been a further cover up if she had succeeded in picking up her friend when trying to conceal her drunkenness from her own parents.

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