Lawyer Lies About North Andover School Senior Being Arrested For Helping Out Drunk Friend


Opposing Views reported Monday that North Andover High School in North Andover, Mass., punished high school senior Erin Cox, 17, for rescuing a drunk friend from a party two weeks ago. Cox received a cellphone call from her friend who asked Cox to come pick her up because she was too intoxicated.

Cox arrived at the party to find her friend, when police followed soon after and arrested a dozen underage drinkers, warning 15 others, along with Cox, that they would be summoned to court for drinking, the Boston Herald reported.

Cox wasn't even drinking and a police officer gave an affidavit for her sobriety in a written statement. She was charged with violating the high school’s zero-tolerance policy for alcohol and drug use, and was kicked off her position as captain of the volleyball team. Cox has also been suspended for five games.

The situation got worse when the school district’s lawyer lied to a judge and claimed Cox was arrested, which she wasn’t.

“That a school would then lie to a judge in a court of law is an outrage and shows the length some school officials will go to retaliate against a family that dares to challenge an irrational zero tolerance policy,” Wendy Murphy, the lawyer who was hired by Cox’s mother Eleanor, said in a statement.

“In fact, as the police officer at the scene reported in a statement that was provided to the principal and the judge, Erin was not arrested and did nothing wrong,” Murphy added. “He added that she had not been drinking, had no intention of drinking, was there to help a friend and did not have even the ‘slightest’ odor of alcohol on her person.”

According to Murphy, Bok's allegation happened a week ago after she sued the district on behalf of the Cox family. Murphy affirmed to continue cases against the North Andover High School Principal Carla Scuzzarella and Bok in federal court, even though the state court ruled Cox has no rights while under the school jurisdiction.

Bok did not comment on the case or even the accusation that he lied in court.

"While some may decry the Administration’s actions as unfair or inconsistent with the principles of due process, our Administration wholeheartedly disagrees," said Kevin Hutchinson, North Andover Public Schools Superintendent, in a statement to supporting the punishment. "To be clear, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that participation in interscholastic athletics is a privilege. Rather than simply revoking the privilege, our Administration has consistently afforded its student-athletes a reasonable opportunity to be heard before a disciplinary decision is made."


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