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HS volleyball player suspended after agreeing to be designated driver


North Andover (Mass.) volleyball player Erin Cox thought she was doing the right thing when she agreed to pick up a friend who had been drinking at a party and called her for a ride. Instead, she fell victim to her school's zero tolerance alcohol policy. 

The Boston Herald reports that Cox arrived at the party two weeks ago just as police showed up, and Cox was one of 15 underage youths summoned to court. As punishment, North Andover stripped Cox of her captaincy and suspended her for five games.

UPDATE: North Andover school official responds to criticism

Cox's mother, Eleanor, filed a lawsuit hoping to get the school's decision reversed. An officer who was on the scene provided a written statement vouching for Cox's sobriety on the night of the party, but no injunction in the case was granted after the judge ruled the court did not have jurisdiction.

“She didn’t do anything wrong," Eleanor Cox told WBZ-TV. "She did what she thought was right, and I’m very proud of her."

"The school is really trying to take a very serious and principled stand regarding alcohol," Geoffrey Bok, who represented North Andover in court, told the Herald.

Erin’s friend called sober Erin. Erin drove to a home on Main Street in Boxford and worked her way through a wild scene of partying teens until she finally found that friend — just as police from Boxford, Haverhill, Georgetown and North Andover showed up. They arrested a dozen underage drinkers and warned another 15 underage youths that they’d be summoned to court for drinking. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/margery_eagan/2013/10/eagan_school_slaps_teen_for_doing_the_right_thing#sthash.aNGlepjW.dpuf

Thanks to Deadspin for bringing this story to our attention.

 

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