Seriously, what other interpretation IS there?
(via boston.cbslocal) – “…Two weeks ago, Erin received a call from a friend at a party who was too drunk to drive. Erin drove to Boxford after work to pick up her friend. Moments after she arrived, the cops arrived too and busted several kids for underage possession of alcohol.
A North Andover High School honor student, Erin was cleared by police, who agreed she had not been drinking and was not in possession of alcohol. But Andover High told Erin she was in violation of the district’s zero tolerance policy against alcohol and drug use. In the middle of her senior year, Erin was demoted from captain of the volleyball team and told she would be suspended from playing for five games…”
Erin’s friend did something dumb, hardly an unusual occurrence during the teenage years. Yet she ALSO made the best of a bad situation by calling for a ride, rather than electing to play Driver Roulette on her own. Erin then simply did what most of us would have done: she jumped in her car and went to help her friend.
Doesn’t punishing Erin for acting as the emergency Designated Driver fly directly in the face of the ubiquitous push against drunk driving and for designated drivers?
This is hardly a new campaign. I’ve been seeing these PSA’s since I was a kid. Remember this one?
Perhaps the educators at North Andover High School haven’t turned on a TV for the past 30+ years…?
Make no mistake, the crystal-clear message to any potential/future do-gooders like Erin Cox is brutally simple: DON’T.
Just hang up.
That’s right: when your pal calls, tell him/her they’re on their own. Let ’em work through their options in their highly inebriated state by themselves, or (even better) with the sure-to-be-helpful assistance of the other drunk kids nearby.
Yeah, that’ll work out just awesome, I’m sure.
So congratulations to North Andover High School!! By adhering to your cowardly, idiotic ‘Zero Tolerance’ rules, students are gonna learn this lesson straight away. Take a bow, guys!
Gee, who says that schools can’t teach anymore?