Video: School punishes teen for acting as designated driver

posted at 5:01 pm on October 14, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

It’s not as if Erin Cox arranged to be the designated driver ahead of time for her friends so they could drink, either, or that she imbibed herself at the party. The senior and now-former captain of the volleyball team got a call from her friend asking to be picked up from the party after drinking too much, and Cox responded by arriving there — just before the police did. The police cleared Cox of any involvement, but that wasn’t good enough for the school, which suspended her from five games and stripped her of her leadership role … because of zero tolerance:

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.

“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.

A North Andover High School honor student, Erin was cleared by police, who agreed she had not been drinking and was not in possession of alcohol. But Andover High told Erin she was in violation of the district’s zero tolerance policy against alcohol and drug use. In the middle of her senior year, Erin was demoted from captain of the volleyball team and told she would be suspended from playing for five games.

The school might have an argument that Cox was inadvertently enabling the alcohol use by trying to prevent her friend from driving while intoxicated had they made that arrangement ahead of time — but even with that, the punishment is ridiculous for the infraction involved. That argument would justify a counseling session on limits and perhaps the cleaning of a chalkboard or two, not the public humiliation of someone who pointedly was not indulging in alcohol consumption and who wanted to make sure that her friend — and the entire community — remained safe.

Zero tolerance exists to allow administrators to exercise zero judgment and zero sense, and this is yet another perfect example of it.

Update: Eleanor is the mother’s name, which I have corrected to “Erin” in the first sentence of my post. Also, I didn’t add in a critical part of my intended argument in the second-to-last paragraph (“had they made that arrangement ahead of time”), which I didn’t realize I’d forgotten until I read the comments. Even in that circumstance, though, the punishment would be lunacy.


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stupidity at it’s best…

right2bright on October 14, 2013 at 5:03 PM

oops, its

right2bright on October 14, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Wow! so much Stupidity, so little time….

..there WILL come a point, when we, as SANE people
just ignore these denizens of dipsh*ttery.

ToddPA on October 14, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Don’t send your kids to public school.

Murphy9 on October 14, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I have zero tolerance for the idiot administrators. Tar and feathers please. Public shunning.

hip shot on October 14, 2013 at 5:07 PM

The adults are not in charge, taking away hard earned privileges for being the responsible one or threatening life long punishment for pure silliness at a football game.

Cindy Munford on October 14, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Don’t send your kids to public school.

Murphy9 on October 14, 2013 at 5:06 PM

This. Government school, government rules. Just think of the ethics they’ve been teaching this girl for the past ten years.

Homeschool FTW!

29Victor on October 14, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Punishing for behavior out of school and off school grounds, and for something she didn’t even do.

Where are the normal parents of kids who go to that school beating down the doors and dragging out the dopes who decided on the punishment.

You libs want more government, this is more government.

Bishop on October 14, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Home school. It`s the only way to stop this insanity.

ThePrez on October 14, 2013 at 5:11 PM

I always told my kids that if police were called to any party they attended, I would have to have them tested to defend them if it went to court. I think it was pretty effective.

Cindy Munford on October 14, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Her parents need to:

1. Get hold of a good lawyer.
2. Contact the school board and tell them to be prepared to WRITE A VERY LARGE CHECK!

GarandFan on October 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM

The school might have an argument that Cox was inadvertently enabling the alcohol use by trying to prevent her friend from driving while intoxicated.

One can argue anything, Ed, but that is not a reasonable interpretation, given the circumstances. A similar argument could be made had Cox declined to give her friend a ride: By not accommodating her friend’s request for a ride, Cox encouraged operation of a motor vehicle while the underage operator was under the influence of alcohol. Both cases displace responsibility from the bad actor to the innocent party, and neither interpretation satisfies a “gut-check” – they don’t feel right (because they’re not). It’s simply not a reasonable argument. That, however, has never stopped a lib for asserting an argument, so we may just hear that kind of talk from Cox’s school district.

Jazz on October 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM

WASN’T SHE BEING RESPONSIBLE to society BY picking up her friend?

No Chop Charlie on October 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Judgement. Lack there of. Reminds me of a friend. High school instituted a 20 day missed, expel rule. Went over by 1/2 a day 21 days before graduation. Never did graduate.

Bmore on October 14, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Slavenowandie’s dream world, coming true at a school near you!

ebrown2 on October 14, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Gee, in my day, this teen would have been lauded for doing her civic duty. Very sad.

waterytart on October 14, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Idiotic.

So now the “educators” are going to force drinking and driving back underground.

Terrific.

Freaking. Idiots.

KMC1 on October 14, 2013 at 5:15 PM

I have zero tolerance for the idiot administrators. Tar and feathers please. Public shunning.

hip shot on October 14, 2013 at 5:07 PM

This.
Sue them personally into financial ruin. If she was my daughter, I’d tell the superintendent to his face that I will not be satisfied with anything less than him rummaging through dumpsters for his daily bread.

CurtZHP on October 14, 2013 at 5:17 PM

But Andover High told Erin she was in violation of the district’s zero tolerance policy against alcohol and drug use. In the middle of her senior year, Erin was demoted from captain of the volleyball team and told she would be suspended from playing for five games.

No, “Andover High” did not tell her this because school buildings cannot talk.

Somewhere, there are some dipsh*t administrators who did, in fact, make this decision and inform the student of it.

Let’s have the names–and they should be in every single story about this travesty.

thirtyandseven on October 14, 2013 at 5:17 PM

WASN’T SHE BEING RESPONSIBLE to society BY picking up her friend?

No Chop Charlie on October 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM

It’s not her job to be responsible; it is the government’s job to care for us all. To hold us to it’s mammoth bosom and infantilize us all.

Fenris on October 14, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Being in the vicinity of a crime is not a crime. This is zero tolerance idiocy plus 1.

forest on October 14, 2013 at 5:18 PM

How can a public school official claim to have any authority to punish a student who is not at school? Under this claim of authority, they can suspend a child for talking back to their parents!

I hope a lawsuit is filed on this one. I’d send them a check to help with the lawyer.

BierManVA on October 14, 2013 at 5:18 PM

The school might have an argument that Cox was inadvertently enabling the alcohol use by trying to prevent her friend from driving while intoxicated — but even with that, the punishment is ridiculous for the infraction involved.

Might? Not even that. The school has no argument. I hate lawyers but I agree with the above – get a lawyer.

DaveDief on October 14, 2013 at 5:18 PM

First, a comment: A**holes

Second, a question for school officials: Since her actions were “wrong” in your view, what do you suggest she should have done? If this is a “teaching moment,” what are you teaching her?

Third, a hypothetical: Suppose Ms. Cox was volunteering with the local EMS and they were called to this party to deal with her friend who had fallen from a balcony and broken her neck. By going inside, Ms. Cox would have “been at” the party. Would that have resulted in her suspension? Since the “reason” she was there was apparently irrelevant, zero tolerance means zero, right?

Fourth, another comment: A**holes.

Apologies for the language but I’m pissed.

IndieDogg on October 14, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Cindy Munford on October 14, 2013 at 5:11 PM

I’m going to steal that one!

hazchic on October 14, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Where are the normal parents of kids who go to that school beating down the doors and dragging out the dopes who decided on the punishment.

You libs want more government, this is more government.

Bishop on October 14, 2013 at 5:11 PM

I honestly wonder why I never hear stories about lawsuits against these administrators. Some of the stuff done – like what happened to that child who ate a pop tart that looked vaguely gun shaped – are so over the top you’d think the parents would gleefully sue the hell out of these school administrations.

Doomberg on October 14, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Let’s have the names–and they should be in every single story about this travesty.

thirtyandseven on October 14, 2013 at 5:17 PM

This too. They need to feel embarrassment everywhere they go.

CurtZHP on October 14, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Does anyone remember when cops broke up the party and all they did was dump out the beer and send the kids on their way?

At worst they took the keg.

patman77 on October 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM

No good deed goes unpunished in My Little Progressive Ponyland.

(apologies to RWM)

Murphy9 on October 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM

One story I read said Cox’s parents took the school to court. The lawyer the school sent told the judge nthe girl had been arrested. She wasn’t.

was inadvertently enabling the alcohol use

I know a school bus driver who tells the high school kids on her bus that if they need a ride to call her. She has gotten calls at 2 and 3 in the morning. She goes and gets them. Is she “enabling?”

davidk on October 14, 2013 at 5:21 PM

This is just a way to beat a decent kid into government submission. Why would she ever try doing something for a fellow human being again if this is what she gets? Oh yeah, no worries, gov will do it for her.

hazchic on October 14, 2013 at 5:21 PM

hazchic on October 14, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Have at it, the parent version of trust but verify. I used it, along with guilt to great effect on three children.

Cindy Munford on October 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

you’d think the parents would gleefully sue the hell out of these school administrations.

Doomberg on October 14, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Most parents can’t afford the lawyer, but the school, who has bottomless pockets thanks to the extortionate amount of money they collect in taxes, can hire all the lawyers they need.

If I were a lawyer, I’d take cases like this pro bono, just for the satisfaction of burying these cretins in court.

CurtZHP on October 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

The School’s Zero Tolerance Motto should be:

Friends Let Friends Drive Drunk. Or Else.

besser tot als rot on October 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

If I were a lawyer, I’d take cases like this pro bono, just for the satisfaction of burying these cretins in court.

CurtZHP on October 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

MADD should assist.

besser tot als rot on October 14, 2013 at 5:25 PM

you’d think the parents would gleefully sue the hell out of these school administrations.

Doomberg on October 14, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Most parents can’t afford the lawyer, but the school, who has bottomless pockets thanks to the extortionate amount of money they collect in taxes, can hire all the lawyers they need.

If I were a lawyer, I’d take cases like this pro bono, just for the satisfaction of burying these cretins in court.

CurtZHP on October 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Not sure if this is common practice for these types of lawsuits, but I would imagine compensation might also be arranged on some sort of contingency fee basis. Lawyer gets 1/3 of the award or something, so it doesn’t cost the parents anything unless they win.

thirtyandseven on October 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM

There is never the other side of these stories. Parents charged with allowing their little snowflakes to have a party where everybody drinking is underage.

What happened to Erin Cox is absurd but that misses the larger point. Teens with so much freedom that they could get drunk to the point they needed to call for a ride. Again, where were the parents?

I’m beginning to seriously think that society deems parenthood ending at the point where sperm and egg combine. After that, it is all responsibility of government.

Happy Nomad on October 14, 2013 at 5:31 PM

And they wonder why we in New Hampshire call them MASSHOLES, No further proof needed.

D-fusit on October 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM

In a world run by Liberals, no good deed goes unpunished, Eleanor.

Learn it early.

Cleombrotus on October 14, 2013 at 5:40 PM

I’m surprised you didn’t catch on to this, Ed: Where in the HELL does the school get off saying or doing anything about a student on their own time? I don’t ask for the school’s input when I’m disciplining my children when at home, nor do I give them updates on their personal lives.

Snitchmo on October 14, 2013 at 5:41 PM

There is never the other side of these stories. Parents charged with allowing their little snowflakes to have a party where everybody drinking is underage.

What happened to Erin Cox is absurd but that misses the larger point. Teens with so much freedom that they could get drunk to the point they needed to call for a ride. Again, where were the parents?

I’m beginning to seriously think that society deems parenthood ending at the point where sperm and egg combine. After that, it is all responsibility of government.

Happy Nomad on October 14, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Unfortunately, nothing new. Sticking to the point, if the facts are as relayed, this is an abomination.

WitchDoctor on October 14, 2013 at 5:41 PM

I wonder how the unions and administrators would react if they were forced to abide by the same zero tolerance policies…..actually, I don’t wonder at all.

antipc on October 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I do not see the connection to zero tolerance,She was not under the influence of or in the possession of alcohol or drugs. The only defense the school board would have is if they say in their policy book that it is illegal to be around drugs or alcohol. At which point, every kid in Boston would be in violation if their parents “keep a cold one” in the refrigerator. Of course I could be wrong.

Guest1.1 on October 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Even if the lawyer takes on Cox pro bono, the machinations of a lawsuit require money – filing fees, court costs, etc. Depending on what happens in litigation, those costs can escalate quickly. Pro bono != free (just free representation).

Jazz on October 14, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Is it a requirement for school administrators to be morons?

A 15 yr old kid in Alabama just killed himself because the school expelled him & had him charged with public lewdness, after streaking at the football game – a charge that would have landed him on the sex offender list for the rest of his life.

Zero tolerance saves people from thinking.

batterup on October 14, 2013 at 5:48 PM

If there was a zero tolerance policy against incompetence, there would be no school administrators left at North Andover High School.

IndieDogg on October 14, 2013 at 5:57 PM

liberals are incredibly stupid. Don’t have the brains God gave them and this is a classic example of their total stupidity. These people should be fired, they have no business educating our youth.

ultracon on October 14, 2013 at 5:58 PM

This is what happens when you put drunks in charge of schools.

pat on October 14, 2013 at 5:58 PM

So if all the students in HS take a nip while on school grounds, all the admin can be fired for “zero tolerance”… being they are near these law breakers?

Odie1941 on October 14, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Even if the lawyer takes on Cox pro bono, the machinations of a lawsuit require money – filing fees, court costs, etc. Depending on what happens in litigation, those costs can escalate quickly. Pro bono != free (just free representation).

Jazz on October 14, 2013 at 5:45 PM

MADD should get involved. They must have a problem with the fact that this encourages people to let their friends drive drunk in order to avoid trouble for themselves.

besser tot als rot on October 14, 2013 at 5:59 PM

So they would rather let the teenager drive drunk then?

Stupidity at the highest degree.

gophergirl on October 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Bureaucracy eats your brain.

evergreen on October 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

So, the school’s position is that you should let your drunk friend drive home and kill themselves and/or somebody else rather than come to their aid?

That sounds par for the course in today’s public “education”.

Socratease on October 14, 2013 at 6:06 PM

I don’t blame the Administrators, they are merely children in the sandbox ruled by the School Board.

Why isn’t anyone holding those voters who elected the School Board members accountable?

These Board Members are merely following the wishes of those who elected them.

If voters are not held responsible for their decisions, why vote?

Mark was here on October 14, 2013 at 6:06 PM

I don’t blame the Administrators, they are merely children in the sandbox ruled by the School Board.

Why isn’t anyone holding those voters who elected the School Board members accountable?

Mark was here on October 14, 2013 at 6:06 PM

With this much stupid, there’s plenty of blame to go around.

besser tot als rot on October 14, 2013 at 6:08 PM

This is what happens when you put drunks in charge of schools.
pat on October 14, 2013 at 5:58 PM

No, this is what happens when you have authority over others but lack wisdom and compassion. Expect it to jet get worse.

Cleombrotus on October 14, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Zero tolerance of what exactly?

JonPrichard on October 14, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Zero tolerance strikes again.

Also known as, zero common sense strikes again.

rukiddingme on October 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Every kid at that school should attend the next party, shut the school down.

wheelgun on October 14, 2013 at 6:22 PM

I thought “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk”? So basically what the school has taught their students is friends really DO let friends drive drunk.

Is that really the message they want to send? Idiots.

CookeyD on October 14, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Don’t send your kids to public school.

Murphy9 on October 14, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Especially in light of this….

SailorMark on October 14, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Her parents need to:

1. Get hold of a good lawyer.
2. Contact the school board and tell them to be prepared to WRITE A VERY LARGE CHECK!

GarandFan on October 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Sue the bastids! Sue the School Board, each member of the administration as agents of the school Board. This is so far out of line that it must be redressed.

Quartermaster on October 14, 2013 at 6:45 PM

The public school system is abusing these children. The teachers and administrators are the biggest thugs in these schools! They are the definition of bully.

JellyToast on October 14, 2013 at 6:46 PM

I’ve always thought that we should get rid of zero tolerance at schools, and if we can’t then get rid of the school board since they’re no longer needed to make decisions.

tommer74 on October 14, 2013 at 6:53 PM

As Glenn Reynolds has often said in the past wrt stories like this, this is just more evidence that sending your kids to public school borders on child abuse, and I believe it is certainly applicable here.

Eliminating public schools and instituting vouchers across the board can’t come soon enough.

Dusty on October 14, 2013 at 6:57 PM

North Andover High School:
430 Osgood Street | North Andover, MA 01845 | Phone: 978-794-1711 | Fax: 978 688 3536

Carla A. Scuzzarella, Ed.D.
Principal
978-794-1711, ext. 51122
scuzzarellac@northandover.k12.ma.us

Have at it……

Renee on October 14, 2013 at 6:57 PM

I guess zero tolerance means, don’t do anything you’re not supposed to do, but if you do, you’re on your own and let the chips fall where they may (iow, drink and drive and kill yourself/others)…I saw somewhere (can’t remember where) that the parents can’t sue because it’s a school thing and not a legal thing…the parents must NOT accept that..theyneed to make a LOT of noise!! Whoever said up thread that this is what happens when you have authority without wisdom or compassion was one thousand percent right…our country is full of thugs.

ellifint on October 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

again, as we move into Obamacare and single payer we see the urge bureacrats have to push their will onto the general public.

sadly, the only way to make them stop is lawsuit after lawsuit after lawsuit and then fire the sitting school board because they hired the principal.

The oddest thing about this is the government actually promotes this behavior and has created commercials about being responsible and calling a friend.

And this happens?

Great message ass**pes….

archer52 on October 14, 2013 at 7:03 PM

and these are the same Aholes that don’t have a problem handing out CONDOMS to these very same school kids.
.
STDs last a life time- and can often be deadly…. but the school feels a responsibility in enabling, to the point of encouraging, Sexual Activity.Sure,and then their logic is… “these kids will now use a condom every time, since we’ve showed them” – well guess what, they don’t.
.
These administrators here a plainly stupid people. And school systems nationwide are full of stupid people.

FlaMurph on October 14, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Zero Tolerance also has the added benefit of making sure that more whites are caught. Catch a black kid with crack, catch a white girl helping someone, bang, no racism because of equal punishment outcomes- exactly what Obama is pushing for in the schools.

Spartacus on October 14, 2013 at 7:16 PM

PS.
Figures it would be a female principal. Women are great at ignoring greater principles and a screwed up idea of “fair”.

Spartacus on October 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Every school district in the country has similar rules.
When something like this hits the news everyone whines but no one does anything and that’s why liberals win.
Conservatives are lazy.
Be proactive. Go read you school district board policies. Most are on line. Then make it an issue.

MHatch on October 14, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Especially in light of this….

SailorMark on October 14, 2013 at 6:29 PM

The guy who is really pushing Common Core is Jeb Bush. Of course, Jeb sent his kids to Gulliver Preparatory (Tuition is about $30k today, just tuition).

bw222 on October 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I just about can’t stand the insanity any more.

AnotherRightWingConspirator on October 14, 2013 at 7:38 PM

It is getting very hard to tolerate this level of insanity.

AnotherRightWingConspirator on October 14, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Et cerera.

AnotherRightWingConspirator on October 14, 2013 at 7:39 PM

And they wonder why we in New Hampshire call them MASSHOLES, No further proof needed.

D-fusit on October 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM

So true.

However, I can see this happening here in NH, but only in Leftist towns like Hanover or Concord.

Best Designated Driver song ever.

Del Dolemonte on October 14, 2013 at 7:40 PM

North Andover High School Administration

whatcat on October 14, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Imagine if the friend had said no…and then the drunk girl had an accident that killed someone. Imagine the outcry against Erin if it got out that she had refused to help. Imagine the tremendous emotional fallout of knowing you could have done something to prevent someone’s death but didn’t.

Underage drinking is terrible, yes. Avoidable death tolls are worse.

butterflies and puppies on October 14, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Since when does the school get to act on activities that happened off school grounds and had nothing to do with the school.

William Teach on October 14, 2013 at 7:56 PM

I’m surprised you didn’t catch on to this, Ed: Where in the HELL does the school get off saying or doing anything about a student on their own time? I don’t ask for the school’s input when I’m disciplining my children when at home, nor do I give them updates on their personal lives.

Snitchmo on October 14, 2013 at 5:41 PM

The zero-tolerance policy for high schools has bearing (usually) as it relates to extracurricular activities. Had she not been in a sport, or band, drama, etc, it would have been “no harm, no foul”.

My nephew lost half his junior season of high school baseball (Iowa) because of the exact same situation as Erin’s. Friends called him to pick them up at party where they had been drinking. Unfortunately, in his case, he made the mistake of going in the house instead of waiting for them outside. He blew .00 for the cops. But school policy does not require consumption. Just being at a place where alcohol is being served to minors is violation of school policy. My brother did not fight the administration as it had been preached to the student-athletes by coaches at the start of every season, as well as by my nephew’s parents, that if they end up at a party, whether consuming or not, they will be jeopardizing their eligibility.

Essentially, my brother was forced to teach his 17 year old son that trying to do the right thing has consequences. Go figure.

Goody2Shoes on October 14, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Erin Cox sounds like a good person to have for a friend.

The morons making decisions in the North Andover school district should hope that they have friends 1/10th as good.

Keep your chin up Erin. You did the right thing. You may have saved your friend’s life.

dissent555 on October 14, 2013 at 8:28 PM

why is anyone allowing a school to have authority over their kids outside of school?

dmacleo on October 14, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Students in leadership positions, including but not limited to: co-curricular
activity, club, student government officers, band/chorus officers
additionally jeopardize their position if they violate the alcohol or drug
(controlled substance) prohibition.
A student leader who is disciplined or involved in an incident involving a
alcohol/drugs (controlled substance) violation at ANY TIME, including
summer vacation,
will lose his/her leadership position in addition to any
other consequences.

One of their rules from their handbook. Can’t believe it.

Barred on October 14, 2013 at 8:37 PM

They really want to have control of your child.

Barred on October 14, 2013 at 8:39 PM

They really want to have control of your child.

Barred on October 14, 2013 at 8:39 PM

May as well-pretty obvious that many “parents” don’t.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 14, 2013 at 9:04 PM

It takes a village…to f*ck up your kid.
The Administrassh0les that did this should be made to move to the left.

teacherman on October 14, 2013 at 9:37 PM

She should have told the school that she was having an abortion while designated driving – then everything would have been okay.

The Nerve on October 14, 2013 at 10:04 PM

why is anyone allowing a school to have authority over their kids outside of school?
dmacleo on October 14, 2013 at 8:31 PM

True – if there were a valid concern here it should be handled by parents.

I’m glad I grew up before insanity such as this pervaded the school system. I feel for the kids today having to deal with the BS.

whatcat on October 14, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Bartender, I’ll have whatever that school admin over there is having. Sounds wild!

Shy Guy on October 14, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Essentially, my brother was forced to teach his 17 year old son that trying to do the right thing has bad consequences. Go figure.

Goody2Shoes on October 14, 2013 at 8:28 PM

FIFY

Many of the “bad things” that have happened me have been because of trying to help someone else. (Lots of good things have also happened through helping, and bad things that were my own dummheits, but that is not the issue here.)

Mark Twain had a great on-topic story, called “The Good Little Boy.”

I don’t believe Twain would think that what happened to Erin is funny.

AesopFan on October 15, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Students in leadership positions, including but not limited to: co-curricular activity, club, student government officers, band/chorus officers additionally jeopardize their position if they violate the alcohol or drug (controlled substance) prohibition.
A student leader who is disciplined or involved in an incident involving a alcohol/drugs (controlled substance) violation at ANY TIME, including summer vacation, will lose his/her leadership position in addition to any other consequences.

From this, I think a zero tolerance view would mean that being mugged or accosted by a person on drugs would trigger lose of leadership. Even being a witness would be enough. So remember not to call report the activity if you see it, just run and hide and hope they don’t catch you.

I noticed that her teammates have started a petition. If they really want to stand by her they will refuse to play. Not sure how many have possible volleyball scholarships that they could lose but the one admissions person I know a top engineering school would look favorably on thing sort of spirit.

OBQuiet on October 15, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Bartender, I’ll have whatever that school admin over there is having. Sounds wild!

Shy Guy on October 14, 2013 at 11:45 PM

You sure about that, Shy Guy?
That stuff obviously causes dain bramage!

VelvetElvis on October 15, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Gosh.. How screwed up is our world? I was always told that if I ever got into trouble I could call my parents, no questions asked. As for zero tolerance, one of the scariest things is randomly drug testing students for alcohol, even those not involved in sports. My parents used to allow me to drink alcohol in controlled setting – for instance, we went to Italy when I was sixteen and I was allowed to drink a glass of wine with dinner or have a glass of champagne to toast the new year. The whole idea was to make drinking less taboo. So I’d hate for the school to question a parents’ strategies in the name of zero tolerance.

Illinidiva on October 15, 2013 at 2:01 AM

One more school goes to great lengths to prove that schools are more and more being run by idiots.

sadatoni on October 15, 2013 at 7:22 AM

This is MASSACHUSETTS for ya.
**rolling my eyes**

pastselldate on October 15, 2013 at 9:20 AM

I’m surprised you didn’t catch on to this, Ed: Where in the HELL does the school get off saying or doing anything about a student on their own time? I don’t ask for the school’s input when I’m disciplining my children when at home, nor do I give them updates on their personal lives.

Snitchmo on October 14, 2013 at 5:41 PM

This. And, yes, I’ve read the other replies about extracurricular activities, a position of leadership, etc. And I still call bulls*it. It doesn’t matter of the person plays on a sports team or not. The schools are not the parents. If the activity does not happen on school property or at a school sponsored activity, it’s none of their business. It’s up to the parents to discipline their children, not the nanny state school.

Shump on October 15, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Here are two Teens acting responsible ( though one of them did not by drinking.) and then penalized for it. Should the driver have refused and let her friend drive home under the influence?

Herb on October 15, 2013 at 10:02 AM

But Andover High told Erin she was in violation of the district’s zero tolerance policy against alcohol and drug use.

Was the party on school property? No? Then the administration should shut up, sit down, and butt out. It was a problem handled by local law enforcement and they cleared her of any wrongdoing.

In contrast, my kid is in JROTC. A couple of weekends ago, a couple of the cadets thought it’d be a good idea to sneak alcohol onto school grounds (cadets sleep overnight in the gym before competitions). The cadets were caught, parents were called, cadets sent home, and cadets were removed from any teams they participated on. In this case, the school had the right and responsibility to levy punishment because the offense took place on school grounds during a school sanctioned activity.

The idiots in North Andover should be tar and feathered, then perp walked out of town.

raz0r on October 15, 2013 at 10:09 AM

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