Target: North Andover High School Officials
Goal: Revoke punishments against girl who picked up and drove home her intoxicated friend.
A North Andover, Mass. High School student is being punished after driving a drunk friend home from a party that was broken up by the police. Student Erin Cox is being punished by North Andover High School for simply picking up her friend. Cox is being stripped of her volleyball captain status and has been suspended for five games.
North Andover High School defends their decision to punish Cox by stating that they are just honoring their zero tolerance policy for alcohol. Instead, the school has simply proved that they create an atmosphere that discouraging students from being mature and responsible.
Parties cannot be avoided in high school, but it is important that there are students who are able to support their friends who make poor choices, and who can help their friends avoid dangerous situations. If Erin Cox had not picked up her intoxicated friend, the friend may have chosen to drive herself home, putting herself and others in serious danger.
Many of Cox’s friends and family, and members of the local community, are standing behind her and helping her to fight these unjust punishments.
Please sign the petition below to help Erin receive justice for doing the right thing in a dangerous situation.
Dear North Andover High School Officials,
Please do the right thing and revoke your recent punishments against Erin Cox, the student who drove her intoxicated friend home from a party. You have every right to punish those who attended the party and were drinking, but those who were helping to keep those who made poor decisions out of trouble deserve only praise.
By using your zero tolerance policy to justify the punishments, you are proving nothing but the fact that your school systems are environments that discourage responsible and safe decisions. If Erin had chosen to ignore her friend’s request for a ride, the friend may have chosen to drive herself home and created a significantly more dangerous situation.
Erin took the right action and deserves justice for the unfair punishments enforced on her.
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