Here’s another case of common sense gone out the window:
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.
I certainly hope Erin wasn’t counting on any volleyball scholarships, because this decision by the school has probably closed the door on those. I certainly hope that the school principal and anyone else involved in the decision-making took a moment to think about what they might be doing to this girl’s future for making such a decision.
If Erin was in violation of the school’s zero tolerance policy against alcohol and drugs, I’m curious if the school does an inspection of each home in the district to determine if those students might be in violation of the zero tolerance policy. Does the mere presence of Dad’s beer in the refrigerator or a bottle of wine reserved for special occasions make one in violation of the zero tolerance policy? If Mom and Dad raise a glass of champagne on New Year’s Eve in a student’s presence is that in violation of the policy? What about attending the wedding of a relative where alcoholic beverages might be served to celebrate the happy occasion?
We don’t know what countless lives Erin may have saved by picking up her drunk friend and driving her home. Her friend could’ve gotten into a car, had an accident, and killed herself; or worse yet, killed other innocent victims. If Erin had pulled someone out of a burning building, she would’ve been called a hero and possibly honored by the school or city. Instead, she is being condemned for doing a good deed.
I was able to find a few examples of children being commended for “heroic” actions. Here, a boy was commended and called a hero for warning residents of a fire. Here, a girl was honored at her school for calling 911 when her dad needed help. Erin’s actions are just as heroic as what these children did.
I’m really curious if the school seeks out and hires these administrators with no common sense, or if they are subjected to some kind of re-education program administered by the district. Does anyone know?
By Lori Camper