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The Tragic Loss of Ben Curry

Ben Curry

On May 8 of 2018, Ben Curry was a participant in a physical education swimming class conducted at San Ramon Valley High School.   Ben and other students were required to tread water, with extra time added by the instructor if anyone reached out to a lane line for support.  Ben drowned; no one realized he had sunk to the bottom of the pool.  No one even noticed he was missing, until the next class arrived at the pool, after lunch.

Ben's heart-broken parents settled with SRVUSD in 2020 for $8 Million in the boy's death and the terrible negligence that allowed it to occur.  Ben's parents grieve still. 

The links below tell a portion of Ben's story.  His parents and extended family, his friends, and the rest of the world will never learn nor enjoy what great things this young man would have accomplished had he lived.  

Family of teen who drowned during PE class settles suit with SRVUSD for $8 million (Danville/San Ramon)

$8 million settlement reached in Danville student’s drowning during swim class (East Bay Times)

Danville school district apologizes for drowning death of Ben Curry, announces safety changes (East Bay Times)

Justice for Ben Curry (Facebook)

Parents of Danville Drowning Victim Speak Out Years After School Tragedy (NBC Bay Area)

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