Erin Cox Alongside Friends and Family Fight Back

    October 15, 2013
    Ann Casano
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Sometimes doing the right thing is apparently the wrong thing to do. Or as Oscar Wilde once said, “No good deed goes unpunished.”

Several media outlets have picked up on the story of young Erin Cox, who is now trending on the internet. She is a 17-year-old teenager who wanted to make sure that her friend got a safe, sober ride home. The story, first reported in the Boston Herald, goes like this.

North Andover HIgh School senior Erin Cox, Captain of the volleyball team and honor student, had just finished work a couple weeks ago. She was at a frozen yogurt shop when one of her friends called. The unnamed friend was at a party and had been drinking, she asked Erin to come and get her. Erin did. Of course, the police showed up within minutes of Erin’s arrival. Wrong place, wrong time. Erin was given a summons for underage drinking, even though she hadn’t had a single drop of alcohol.

Erin’s high school, like most high schools today, has a zero tolerance policy in concerns with alcohol. And even though the police officer who was at the scene of the party, confirmed in a written statement that Erin was perfectly sober, North Andover High School stripped Erin of her title as Captain of the volleyball team and suspended the teen for five games.


So the family decided to fight back. Erin’s mother Eleanor went to court last Friday to file a lawsuit in hopes that the school would lift its punishment. In an interview with ABC News, Ms. Cox said, “She did what she thought was right, and I’m proud of her for that.”

Unfortunately for Erin, the court ruled that they did not have any say over the matter. Family and friends of Erin have taken to Twitter and the media to voice their outrage. Here are some tweets from #IStandWithErinCox.

Thousands of angry citizens have signed a petition in support of Erin. If you want to help out, you can go to the site and sign the petition as well.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below. Was Erin just being a good friend and the school should take on a more “common sense” approach or does the school need to strictly adhere to their zero tolerance policy at all costs?

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  • http://webpronews Nancy Bowman

    This situation did not happen on campus and it wasn’t at a school sponsored event so I think it is an overreach by the school and principal. Erin was being a good citizen and friend and probably saved her friend’s and another unsuspecting driver their lives, maybe even the principal. She should be commended, not punished. The higher ups at Andover lack common sense.
    If I were her mom, I’d sue for defamation of character, at least.

  • pumpuiyai

    I think it’s time for a recall election of the school board.

  • Joy Lang

    Would the school have preferred that the enebriated person attempt to
    drive home and endanger herself and others? The school needs to change
    this rule to make common sense. Erin did not drive under the influence
    of alcohol so how does that actually apply? Here is a hard working,
    honest girl who is to be admired, not treated unfairly. What a great
    example she is to her classmates and friends. Her parents have to be
    bursting with pride. You go Erin !

  • christine

    She should sue them for defamation of character and slander (their lawyer in court said she was drunk) That would be civil suit. Also bring the cell phone records and police records into evidence. Just because she is young does not mean she does not have rights or lack of knowledge of her rights. Apply what you get to you college tuition.
    The court may not have any say over the school policy but defamation of character is a whole different ballgame. I believe there is no question the school maligned her character. Then we move to separate lawsuits for the individuals involved. This could be most profitable. I wish her much success.

  • Robert

    Totally wrong. This girl did the right thing and should not be punished for it. Zero Tolerance policies work if you add some common sense to them, which was obviously lacking in this case. Fight on Erin and the rest of the Cox family!!

  • Jeff Smith

    One of the posts mentioned that zero tolerance policies work when combined with a little common sense. Unfortunately that leaves out most school boards in this country anymore. The common sense that is. All they have to do is look at each case, or situation, individually and make a determination based on the “evidence” or information they have. It’s not like they have a heavy case load and have hundreds and hundreds of these to deal with in a school year. But that would make sense so there is no way they can do that. Most school boards are made up of total idiots and jerks with absolutely no common sense.

  • Mark Cioffi

    Take this to it next (illogical) step: I’m the captain of the football team. My teammate calls for a ride saying he’s drunk. I say “No way, Bro. I’ll get suspended just being near you”. So my friend drives home into an auto accident killing the school superintendent’s family. The Super should be pleased that the zero tolerance policy was strictly adhered to, no matter the cost.

  • Tara

    This is not right, even Today show is defending her. This was not at school, she was completely cleared by by police, this young lady setting an example, and she may have saved several lives. The people that made this decision need to understand or ask themselves , if there family was on the road when the teen that called for a ride didn’t get one , so they decided to drive , hit and killed a member of there family, all because the ride that could have saved them didn’t want to get in trouble. They would be asking why there is know one these kids could call for a ride.( yes they shouldn’t be drinking, but reality is they do it)
    Also, its great that this girls is a team capt, honor student , however regardless of her school status she act as a responsible adult, this is not a case of model student so she should not be punished. Great student , isj just an added bonus, This child made an adult decision , time for the MA school to do the same and learn its ok to say you made a mistake and fix it! The police defender but the school dint? She was not at school. This is setting a very bad example for other students because it will make them afraid to do the right thing. To Erin and her parents, Cudos to you for raising your child so well, and to erin there is always going to be someone that wont admit there wrong and its very sad, but you should be very proud of yourself, today show, police , public all support you decision and are waiting for you to get back what you earned and an apology from the school!!

  • Kelly Two

    I’m skeptical of a teenager claiming that she wasn’t drinking, she only went to the party to help her friend. How often do parents and schools hear that? We don’t really know what happened, we certainly don’t know all the details, we only have the young lady’s side of the story. The cop wrote his impressions in an e-mail, but the students weren’t tested for alcohol use. Whether she was partying herself or only there to help out a friend, she still violated a very well-known school policy for athletes prohibiting being at parties where alcohol is served to minors. This policy (whether you think it’s stupid or not) is known throughout MA and a team captain would know about it better than most students. If you violate a school policy, for whatever reason, you get to face the consequences. I understand why she violated a policy, if what she claims is true, but you still get to face the music. That’s called being a adult and accepting consequences for your actions. Her mother hiring a lawyer to sue the school seems like an extreme reaction to a slap on the wrist. Other student athletes who went to parties with booze were kicked off the team. My suspicion is that there’s more to this story than we’re hearing about.

  • Tony

    It is a good thing that the school stands beside its decision to educate this young girl on what it means to keep a promise and to be honorable.