Punished for doing the right thing?

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Punished for doing the right thing?
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Tue, 10-15-2013 - 1:57pm

I thought this was an interesting story, a high school student was punished by her school for what some would say was doing the right thing:

A Massachusetts high school senior lost her volleyball team captaincy and was suspended for five games for what she says was an effort to help a drunken friend.

North Andover High School's Erin Cox says she got a call two weeks ago from a friend at a party who said she was too drunk to drive. She said she went to pick up the friend, because she didn't want the friend driving drunk or getting into a vehicle with an intoxicated driver.

By the time Erin arrived at the party, police were already there. They arrested several students for underage possession of alcohol.

Erin was cleared by police for not drinking or being in the possession of alcohol, but that didn't stop school officials from punishing her for violating a no tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol, her mother, Eleanor Cox, told WBZ-TV.

Read more: http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268743/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=nK84khqi

Do you agree that the senior should be punished?

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Wed, 10-16-2013 - 10:27am

savcal2011 wrote:
<p>My first response is that "hell no, she shouldn't be punished!"</p><p>However, I'd really need to see the school handbook that she "signed" or the rules the students agree to in order to see if she did anything that warranted disciplinary action.  out of curiosity I looked at our handbook(s) and the alcohol policy clearly talks about "use and possession" so this wouldn't be against school policy for us. So I'd be fighting it tooth and nail.</p>

I agree on both points.  For my kids, they would be punished because they were caught at a party, it doesn't have anything to do with use or possession, but our school isn't zero tolerance either so hopefully some common sense would be used.

PumpkinAngel

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Tue, 10-15-2013 - 11:28pm
There seems to be a distinct lack of common sense here.
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Tue, 10-15-2013 - 9:47pm

My first response is that "hell no, she shouldn't be punished!"

However, I'd really need to see the school handbook that she "signed" or the rules the students agree to in order to see if she did anything that warranted disciplinary action.  out of curiosity I looked at our handbook(s) and the alcohol policy clearly talks about "use and possession" so this wouldn't be against school policy for us. So I'd be fighting it tooth and nail.

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Tue, 10-15-2013 - 5:04pm

Stupid school administrators buying the taxpayers 2 new lawsuits ~ I say 2 lawsuits because the taxpayers already had to defend these clowns in state court.  It was dismissed.  Next, I hope the girl sues in federal court.  Federal court.Surprised...it is mind-boggling that all of this mess could've been cleared up....today.

Instead, I think this girl must sue in fed'l crt. because her admission to college and a scholarship are both in jeopardy.

She did the right thing.  Unbelievable how backwards some of these great Administrators are.  Absolute power and all of that....

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Tue, 10-15-2013 - 3:01pm

chestnuthooligan wrote:
<p>Zero tolerance = zero intelligence. What happened to judgment and fairness?</p>

Exactly.  


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Registered: 05-13-2009
Tue, 10-15-2013 - 2:06pm

Zero tolerance = zero intelligence. What happened to judgment and fairness?