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Erin Cox suspended for being designated driver for drunk pal

7:56 PM, Oct 14, 2013   |    comments
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By Bree Sison

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (WBZ/CNN) - An honor student in North Andover, Mass. is being punished for helping out a friend. Officials say the student violated school policy when she drove home a pal who had been drinking.

"She's very fragile and I'm worried about her. Very worried about her. She didn't do anything wrong," said Eleanor Cox.

It's tough for Eleanor to talk about the heartbreak her daughter, Erin feels after being demoted from captain of her volleyball team and suspended from five games in her senior year. This isn't a trouble-making kid.

"We've raised our girls to be kind loyal compassionate and to always be there if someone is in need," said Eleanor.

She was glad to hear her daughter came to a friend's aid.

"She goes to a party because someone says can you come take me home because i want to go home, it isn't safe for me. She gets there and literally minutes later the police show up.

When Erin's high school heard about the party, they didn't think what she did was admirable. They said by being there, Erin was in violation of their zero tolerance policy against drugs and alcohol.

Lawyer Wendy Murphy is trying to get the school's decision reversed.

"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,'" said Murphy.

Erin's mom went to court to get help but things didn't go the way the family hoped.

"The school sent a lawyer there to defend the school and that lawyer said out loud to the judge and it was a lie that Erin was arrested," said Eleanor.

Neither the school district nor its attorney could be reached for comment but the Cox family is hoping they'll listen to the gang of supporters, including Erin's teammates, who've stood behind her.

"She did what she thought was right and I'm very proud of her," said Eleanor.


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