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Student Punished for Driving Home Drunk Friend

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A Massachusetts high school senior lost her volleyball team captaincy and is suspended for five games for what she says was an effort to help a drunken friend.

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. She got to the party, but so did police.

Police confirm Cox was not drinking, but school officials punished her for violating a no tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol. Erin's mother, Eleanor Cox, tells WBZ-TV her daughter "did what she thought was right."

A few weeks ago, Eleanor was proud to hear her youngest daughter came to a friend's aid and went to pick her friend up from a party. 

"We've raised our girls to be kind loyal compassionate and to be there if someone is in need."

Now, it is tough for Eleanor Cox to talk about the heartbreak her daughter Erin feels after being demoted from captain of her volleyball team and suspended from five games in her senior year.

"She's very fragile and I'm worried about her. Very worried about her. She didn't do anything wrong."

The family has hired lawyer Wendy Murphy, who is trying to get the school's decision reversed.

Neither the school district, nor its attorney, could be reached for comment but the Cox family is hoping they will listen to the gang of supporters, including Erin's teammates, who've stood behind her.

"She didn't do anything wrong. She did what she thought was right and I'm very proud of her."

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