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October 23, 2013

Florida man offers money for dirt on school officials

Site seeks to expose hypocrisy in suspension of Erin Cox

NORTH ANDOVER — A Florida man has launched a website that puts bounties on school officials responsbile for the punishment of Erin Cox, the North Andover High School volleyball star who was suspended after she says she drove to an alcohol-fueled party in Boxford to pick up an intoxicated friend.

Mark Dougan's website offers cash rewards ranging from $250 to $2,000 for damaging information about School Superintendent Kevin Hutchinson, North Andover High School Principal Carla Scuzzarella and others.

“For the right information, I am willing to pay $15,000 to $20,000,” Dougan, 40, of West Palm Beach, Fla., said in a telephone interview last night. “I could go higher if it’s really good information."

Dougan said he created the website NAShame.com after learning about the controversy surrounding Cox, 17, a senior who was punished after showing up at a teen drinking party in Boxford on Sept. 28. She said she went to the party to pick up a friend who was intoxicated and called for a ride.

Cox lost her captain position on the volleyball team and was suspended for five games even though a Boxford police officer wrote to the school saying that she “did not have the slightest odor of an alcoholic beverage” on her.

The story made national headlines and Cox was hailed as a hero who was unfairly punished.

“I never liked a bully,” Dougan wrote on his website titled.

“In this case, the bullies are Kevin Hutchinson, Carla Scuzzarella and others that felt the suspension of Erin Cox for keeping the world a safer place was a good idea,” he wrote.

“Kevin, Carla — I am here to call out and expose your hypocrisy. To the other teachers who will probably get dragged through the dirt because of their actions, tough. They are your leaders and as long as they are your leaders, this site, and these bounties, will remain in effect.”

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