It seems that every day our country slides further into insanity. Whether it’s the mainstream media lying to our faces or the fiscal madness from our tax-and-spend politicians, it’s enough to drive normal Americans mad. I don’t know why I’m still surprised when some new absurdity raises its head, making me ponder, “Why?” There are so many individuals, groups, and institutions that act against the common good that we feel that they need to be singled out for our Jerk of the Week honors. Sadly, we seem to never run out of candidates, no matter how much we wish that it wasn’t so. Our winner for Jerk of the Week is North Andover High School and zero tolerance.
Headlines were made this week when North Andover High School in Massachusetts suspended a student on the girls volleyball team for five games and took away her team captaincy. Who was this miscreant and what were her terrible crimes that required the full administrative weight of the school to crash down upon her? The student in question is Erin Cox, 17, and she’s an honor student. Her unforgivable act was that a friend, who was at an underage drinking party, got drunk and called her for a ride home as she realized that she was too drunk to drive. Not wanting her friend to drive drunk and risk causing an accident, Erin Cox went to the party to pick her friend up. Minutes later, the cops arrived and busted the party. Cox wasn’t arrested but the entire situation was written up in a police report.
When the North Andover High School found out about the situation, they penalized Cox for violating the school’s zero tolerance policy towards alcohol and drugs. Mind you, the police even noted in their report that Erin Cox wasn’t drinking and was there to pick up an inebriated friend. The school’s weasel-like attorney, Geoffrey Bok, said that, ” “The school is really trying to take a very serious and principled stand regarding alcohol.” This is utter bull. In fact, the school is punishing mature, sober behavior by penalizing Erin Cox. Schools harp incessantly about the dangers of drinking and driving, even going so far as to bring the mangled remains of a wrecked car onto campuses, but when a student acts responsibly to stop drunk driving, they get excoriated for doing so. By their actions the school is telling the kids to sit back and do nothing to help prevent drunk driving and the attendant dangers.
Zero tolerance policies are the refuge of the moronic and ignorant. Having the same knee-jerk reaction to a hundred different variations of a situation just flies in the face of common sense. Of course, school officials are happy with zero tolerance policies as it reflects their lockstep ideology of liberalism where there is no compromise, no mitigating factors, or just plain no-harm-intended. These same yahoos who freak out over a young boy bringing a keychain with a toy gun attached that he won from a vending machine are the same ones who defend to their dying breath the action of aborting an unborn child. What a mixed-up set of priorities these folks have. Common sense not only left the building, it sold its house and moved out of the state. For their incredibly stupid actions and zero tolerance attitude, North Andover High School is our Jerk of the Week.