Friends SHOULD let Friends Drive Drunk, …according to school

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…” 

don't drink N drive 55Erin’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.

Don’t help.

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.

DOnt drink and drive

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?


20 responses to “Friends SHOULD let Friends Drive Drunk, …according to school

  1. Hooooray let’s punish our kids fer doing the right thing, that should encourage them to continue on a path to strong morals and equal convictions.

    • Agreed, Slayer! The wrong message, courtesy of our educated “betters”.

      It’s actually fairly amazing: they’re able to get seemingly every single decision wrong. Every time.
      It’d be like trying to pick ALL of the losing NFL teams during the weekend.
      And then do it every weekend.

      An ignominious achievement, to be sure…, but still darn impressive!

      • Great analogy with the NFL picks. And another great blog. My email has been down fer 3 weeks so I’ve missed the updates. Relying on the mobile “reader” is not very reliable as it only keeps the most recent blogs up.

        • Well, just checking in around dinner is usually safe, since we almost always have that day’s post up by then. I can count on one hand the number of times we’ve missed that benchmark in the last year-and-a-half.

          And you’re right about the Reader. Personally, I use my blogroll on my homepage to read folks’ newest posts. Figure it’s there: might as well use it!

  2. livinrightinpgh

    This just in: The school has also learned that Erin had eaten a pop tart into the shape of a gun…….charges are pending.

    Zero tolerance = zero common sense.

  3. the old curmudgeon

    Oh, you must be carefully taught! Hail Nanny! Nanny knows best!

  4. The world continues its path of upside down course. What in the world are we coming to.

    • All that is good must be destroyed; all that makes sense must be made to be insane; all that is insane must be held up as normal.

      When that has occurred, no one will be exactly sure what to do or how to react to anything, and will look for guidance from the most powerful entity around: the State.

      We’re well on our way down that road, B-ville, and we continue to pick up speed.

  5. Gee, having another what is wrong with our skools moment. Don’t reach out an help people, kids, don’t do it! You never know how it might affect you. “Just don’t do it!” (order the bumper stickers too)

  6. Excellent presentation. No good deed goes unpunished as we wonder why people hold back on doing right by others. Zero tolerance policies are useless and only suitable for the mindless. Why not have Chimpanzees write school policies? Mostly because Chimpanzees exhibit no fear or unwillingness to see, to think, to judge, to do what is necessary. Zero tolerance requires less intellect than even these creatures would accept as a minimal effort.

    • Thanks, Rick.
      And you’re 100% right on Zero Tolerance: it removes the ability or need to think, or make rudimentary decisions.
      Which begs the question: what exactly are we paying these administrators for, if not for that??

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