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Curry family to hold candlelight vigil on anniversary of son drowning in SRVHS pool

Original post made on Apr 22, 2019

It will soon be one year since 15-year-old Ben Curry drowned during class in the San Ramon Valley High School pool, and to remember his life and honor his memory, Curry's family is holding a candlelight vigil on the first anniversary of his death.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, April 22, 2019, 2:20 PM

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Posted by Mike
a resident of another community
on Apr 22, 2019 at 5:56 pm

"Former Southlake swim coach Tracey Boyd was found guilty of endangering a child in the June 2016 drowning death of student Elise Cerami" "Tracey Anne Boyd was convicted of criminal negligence for failing to watch 13-year-old Elise Cerami during practice in June 2016. At some point during her swim, Cerami sank to the bottom of the pool and drowned" Aaron Becker left the pool and Ben was not discovered until the next class over 1 hour later. "During opening arguments, prosecutors said Boyd failed to do her one job that morning, which was to monitor the swimmers". What was Aaron Becker's job the day Ben died?

I pray that the Curry's lawsuit does allow the community to know the truth of what happened. The fact is a student was left to die in a swimming pool.


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Posted by Danville mom
a resident of Danville
on Apr 23, 2019 at 7:30 am

Not sure how a teacher leaves a child in the bottom of a pool and the school district goes on business as usual - he’s still teaching there and responsible for other people’s kids. Zero accountability. The Danville PD found no “criminal negligence” while they refused to turn over records of their investigation requested by this news organization? As someone whose kids attended SRV, we deserve to know the truth after the the school and police allowed rumors for 6 months that Ben killed himself until community members pushed the school to acknowledge Ben died in their class through no fault of his own - an accident. Why the stonewall about the police investigation records? Are they hiding something? Criminial negligence is a higher burden of proof than civil negligence, and Becker and the school should be accountable for leaving someone’s child to drown in their pool. If parents can’t count on the school to keep our kids safe - God help us.


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Posted by mrszalewski2
a resident of Danville
on Apr 23, 2019 at 11:41 am

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This whole tragedy saddens me deeply. The senseless loss of a young life, the chilling silence of the school and district, and some fellow Danvillians who want to bury their heads in the sand and call it a “terrible accident “. Unfortunately, I will be out of town on 5/8 but my thoughts will be with the Curry family on that day.


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Apr 24, 2019 at 7:41 am

mrszalewski2, are you implying this was not a terrible accident and this teacher went to school that day and intentionally murdered this child? Of course this was a terrible accident, although a preventable one, no need to call out your fellow “Danvillians”.


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Posted by mrszalewski2
a resident of Danville
on Apr 24, 2019 at 8:06 am

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@Marie. Aaron Becker was negligent in his duty as a teacher in overseeing Ben. No intent of murder is required to be negligent. Aaron Becker should be glad he lives in California and not in the” hang em high south”. A nurse at Vanderbilt is being charged with negligent homicide because she inadvertently gave the wrong medicine to a patient. Do you think she went to work planning on killing a patient? You need to wake up to the world around you... just not the seemingly idyllic Danville.


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Apr 24, 2019 at 8:16 am

mrszalewski2, I agree the teacher was negligent, but again, no need to be negative and put other people down (especially people you do not know) by saying “you need to wake up to the world around you”.


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Posted by mrszalewski2
a resident of Danville
on Apr 24, 2019 at 9:27 am

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@Marie. I had no intent of “putting you down “. However, the lack of empathy by a faction of the population in Danville is disturbing. Friends and neighbors want to deem it a “terrible accident “ and move on. If nothing is done to solve the underlying problem, another preventable student death will occur. Prior to 5/8, I had nothing against Aaron Becker. He taught 3 of my own children PE and my son played football for him. He was our favorite teacher. But even good people make mistakes. It’s owning up to those mistakes and facing the consequences is the important lesson he should be teaching our children. The lack of transparency and the utter coldness of Elizabeth at the news conference was chilling. Simply eliminating swimming from the curriculum isn’t going to solve the underlying problem at SRVHS and the district.


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Apr 24, 2019 at 10:32 am

mrszalewski2, I agree with most of the things you are saying, but you are very negative and put other people down when they have something different to say. I think you are jumping to conclusions about other people; nobody wants to say this is a terrible accident and move on. This child will be in all of our hearts and minds for the rest of our lives; just like the Pack children (who I never meet and passed before I moved here) will always be in my heart.


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Posted by mrszalewski2
a resident of Danville
on Apr 24, 2019 at 10:47 am

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@Marie. Again, I’m not “jumping to conclusions and putting others down “. Everyone is entitled to their opinions. I’m not jumping to conclusions as my son was present at SRVHS the day Ben died and in the weeks thereafter. Daily assemblies were held encouraging the students to come forward if they felt suicidal, inferring that Ben committed suicide. His poor parents had to post his autopsy report online before the community believed that he hadn’t taken his own life. It’s not called negativity, it’s realism. People have told me to my face and online that this was a “terrible accident “ and that the community should move on. We are destined to repeat the past if we forget. SRVHS and the district sure hopes we forget....especially when it’s time to pony up for fall registration donations.


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Apr 24, 2019 at 12:09 pm

mrszalewski2, Again, I agree with most of your comments. This is obviously a very sensitive subject. I just don’t want you to misunderstand when people say it’s a terrible accident and to move on; they are not implying for you to forget, they are just trying to help you move past this horrible situation and hope that you find peace in your life.


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Posted by mrszalewski2
a resident of Danville
on Apr 24, 2019 at 12:15 pm

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@Marie. A preventable death of a child should be a sensitive subject in everyone’s life. I’m sure the Curry Family isn’t at peace with what occurred. We as a community need to advocate to make sure nothing like this occurs again.


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Posted by Motel 6
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 24, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Get a room you two......


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Posted by Lincoln
a resident of Danville
on May 1, 2019 at 2:32 pm

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As we approach the anniversary of Ben's tragic death, we should ask the SRVUSD Board why they continue to employ a PE teacher/coach who allowed Ben to drown during his class and permit him to supervise other children. Coach Becker has never accepted responsibility for his actions that caused Ben's death. He has never acknowledged that he forbade the students in his PE class to hold onto the ropes in the pool if they were tired or struggling after a long swim class -- effectively preventing them (including Ben) from saving themselves. It is not unreasonable to ask the School District Board how many more students must die in Coach Becker's class before he is removed.


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Posted by Danville Parent
a resident of Danville
on May 1, 2019 at 10:14 pm

Looking back at being a 15 year old student I would have doubted the value of my life if a fellow student’s death was treated the way Ben Curry’s death is being treated by SRVUSD.

Parents have a moral responsibility to express their outrage at the death of a 15 year old boy. Your kids need you to be their moral example because they are not seeing a moral example from their school. The message they received loud and clear was it was Ben’s fault and move on. Some kids feel responsible in some way for Ben's death because no adult is telling them that Aaron Becker is accountable for Ben's death. Aaron Becker is not a moral example of how a man behaves when he learns a student in his care died because he failed in his responsibilities to that student.

One thousand five hundred people have signed the petition to have Aaron Becker fired but SRVUSD believes that a death of a student is not a reason to fire a teacher. Web Link .


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Posted by WhoIsRunningForSchoolBoard
a resident of Danville
on May 6, 2019 at 4:17 pm

I don't point the finger at the teacher Aaron Becker. This happened on the watch of the elected Board of Education Members for our school district:
Rachel Hurd, President (term expires, 2022)
Greg Marvel, Vice President (term expires, 2020)
Mark Jewett, Clerk (term expires, 2020)
Susanna Ordway, Member (term expires, 2022)
Ken Mintz, Member (term expires, 2022)
This could have been any of our kids. They were warned by a Cal high gym teacher 6 months before publicly at a school board meeting because of an incident with another student prior to Ben's death. They did nothing.

If we as a community care and want to protect our kids from this and all the other mis-managed things happening at the school district right now (including the gerrymandering because they are so insecure and are afraid to lose their seats),...RUN for school board. SUPPORT those running. VOTE these people out. That would be a real service to this community and give Ben true justice. Our kids matter- this was not the message those board members and that school told our our kids. Better yet, let's organize and recall them all like they did in the 90's.


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