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Curry lawsuit: Family of teen who drowned during PE class settles suit with SRVUSD for $8 million

Original post made on Feb 11, 2020

Nearly two years after the on-campus drowning death of 15-year-old San Ramon Valley High School freshman Ben Curry, the family of the teenager is set to receive an $8 million settlement from San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 10, 2020, 5:16 PM

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Posted by Mike
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 11, 2020 at 9:21 pm

Aaron Becker walked away from his student while he was drowning. Aaron Becker should not be a teacher.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 11, 2020 at 9:55 pm

Ummm....$8M settlement, all parties still employed? Yeah no. Way to screw the taxpayers.

Either guilty - pay out, fired
Or
Innocent- no pay out, employed

How is it the people responsible for funding this decision have zero say.


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Posted by LanceM
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 11, 2020 at 10:46 pm

Pleasanton Paret - how do they have zero say? The school board is voted on by them. The meetings are public and any person is free to speak. You can also contact the school board members anytime via email or otherwise.

Was there some huge demand by the people to get this person fired like hundreds or thousands showing up at school board meetings, organizing an email campaign, or anything? It is hard to imagine all of that was ignored.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 11, 2020 at 10:50 pm

Do you really think the school board advised a settlement using taxpayer dollars and no firing?

That was decided independently by lawyers and a union.


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Posted by LanceM
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 11, 2020 at 11:06 pm

The district has the final say. The lawyer advises, the client decided. You also have to way the costs of courts, legal fees and potential losses. Do you understand that companies (and other entities like schools) settle lawsuits everyday even when they are not at fault?

I don't really get how you think these are connected. You are talking about firing or not firing and guilty or not guilty. Sorry, but the world is not black and white (like the fantasy world you seem to live in). And yes, a judge found the teacher essentially not guilty in the case.


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Posted by jtjh
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 12, 2020 at 4:33 am

The report quotes the judge as having found that the teacher did not act with an evil motive. I think that is rather different from finding someone “not guilty”.


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Posted by Carl
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 12, 2020 at 6:10 am

SRVUSD school board is not doing it's job. (removed because it was incorrect.) After (a potential) drowning in Oct 2017 the Cal high PE teacher pleaded with the school board to reduce class size because the next drowning could be fatal. The teacher's prediction was realized on May 8,2018 with the drowning of Ben Curry with 57 students no life guard versus 47 students a teacher and a life guard at the (potential) drowning at Cal High.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 12, 2020 at 6:16 am

One thousand six hundred parents have signed a petition to have Aaron Becker fired for walking away from Ben Curry. The community is outraged that a teacher can walk away from a drowning boy.
Web Link


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 12, 2020 at 12:45 pm

Lance,
I understand the cost/benefit decision on settling vs fighting (though I’d point out a history of settling invites more lawsuits....discussion for another day).
But the taxpayers can’t be the only ones held accountable in this outcome.


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Posted by Carl
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 13, 2020 at 10:17 am

Editor:
You need to check your dictionary for the definition of drowning. Your edit of my post is in error. Drowning is classified into three types: drowning with death, drowning with ongoing health problems, and drowning with no ongoing health problems", The girl at Cal high was not a victim of (potential) drowning she was not breathing and had no pulse when rescued. She is a victim of drowning. But because of CPR and early rescue she has no ongoing health problems.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 13, 2020 at 10:46 am

Yes drowning does not need to result in death to be a drowning. So two drownings occurred in the school district in the same school year. One victim lived and the other died. This shocking fact alone shows why the school district was liable and settled for 8 million.


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Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2020 at 5:49 am

What exactly do you have to do to get fired at san ramon .let a kid die on your watch nope. If Becker actually murdered the kid would he have been fired probably not. Bet if he wore a maga hat instant suspension. Hey look people if this is what you keep voting for,libs, this is what you get.
No accountability. What is a teacher or administrators foremost primary responsibility. Let's all say it together. THE STUDENTS SAFTEY. BECKER FAILED AT THIS AND A CHILD DIED. WHY THE F DOES THIS GUY STILL HAVE A JOB. because the people working in that school and district care more about beckers job than the life and saftey of your child. This is not disputed or Becker would have been fired. Maybe its your child next. Thyleybqere warned over a previous drowning. They demonized the cal teacher who sounded the alarm and let this happen. I think at least ten people I that district should be fired. I also think they should never be able to work in that capacity ever again. Hold people accountable or except the consequences. Would never send my child to a school in that district if they cannot meet their primary obligation and when it's not met hold people accountable. Again what do you have to do to get fired as a teacher?


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