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Erin Cox, Mass. high school student, punished for aiding drunken friend

Erin Cox, Mass. high school student, punished by school after aiding a drunken friend CBS Boston

(CBS/AP) NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - A Massachusetts high school senior has lost her volleyball team captaincy and been 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.

Cox, trying to do the right thing, went to pick up her friend from the party, but moments after she got there, police also arrived and busted several kids for underage possession of alcohol, according to CBS Boston.

Police confirm Cox , who is reportedly an honor student, was not drinking, but school officials punished her for violating a no tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol.

Erin's mother, Eleanor Cox, told the station that her daughter "did what she thought was right."

The family has hired a lawyer to help them reverse the school's decision.

Neither the school superintendent nor principal immediately responded to telephone messages.

  • Iris Carreras

    Iris Carreras covers crime for CBSNews.com

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