Erin Cox, Mass. teen, punished for trying to give drunk pal a ride

Erin Cox is seen in this handout photo.

Erin Cox is seen in this handout photo.

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, Last Updated: 2:58 PM ET

A Massachusetts teen who went to pick up her drunk friend from a party has been reprimanded by her high school's administration for violating its zero-tolerance alcohol policy.

Two weeks ago, Erin Cox, 17, received a call from her friend who was too drunk to drive home, CBS Boston reported. After work, Cox went to get her friend but moments after she arrived at the party, so did the police, busting all the teens.

Despite Cox being cleared of any wrongdoing, her school says she violated its zero-tolerance policy against alcohol and drug use. She was demoted from captain of the volleyball team and officials at North Andover High School told her she would be suspended for five games.

The family has hired a lawyer to help get the school's decision reversed.

Her mother, Eleanor, says school officials are in the wrong.

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


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