It appears that a tragic accident occurred at San Ramon Valley High School (SRVHS) involving a 15-year-old student a few weeks back.  According to East Bay Times, the teen was first found unresponsive in the school pool on Tuesday, May 8th, just as a fifth period PE class was about to begin. After the teen was spotted at the bottom of the pool, students and teachers were said to have jumped in to help him. A teacher also began applying life-saving measures prior to paramedics arriving.
When the paramedics arrived on the scene after 2:00 p.m., they transported him to Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Walnut Creek and he was later pronounced dead. The school was placed on lockdown during the emergency as a precaution. However, officials aren’t clear just yet as to what happened and expect that it will take weeks before they are able to paint a clear picture of the events that led up to the incident.
After learning of the student’s death, classmates and friends were left shocked and distraught and began creating a memorial on the fence that stood nearby to the pool. A student who was identified as Aidan Vaupen, told the source he had last seen the teen in the locker room laughing. He said, “nothing seemed wrong.” Another student, Julia Item, described the teen as “really sweet.” The incident sent a wave of shock over the school which prompted the administration to provide students with access to grief counselors.
The principal of the school, Jason Krolikowski, sent out an email to SRVHS families acknowledging the death of the teen and also said, “Words seem inadequate to express the sadness that many in our community are feeling as they receive this information. Our hearts go out to the grieving family, friends, students, and staff. Danville Police are currently investigating the circumstances of this tragic accident. We will share more information with our school community as soon as possible” [Source:]. He also stated that students and staff would receive ongoing support as they worked through this difficult time.
While it is unclear what happened and why this teen drowned, it brings us to a very important topic that should be reiterated consistently to children and even adults.

Water Safety Tips for Kids and Adults

No matter who you are or the level of experience you have with swimming, it is crucial that you always exert caution when swimming, playing, or are engaging in another activity nearby to any body of water. The fact is, an accident can occur at any given time, so it is important that you and your kids do all that you can to help prevent one from happening. Some water safety tips recommended by include:

  • Always watch your kids when they are in or around water without being distracted.
If you plan on taking your kids to the pool or even the beach during the summertime, be sure you discuss why it is important to always be cautious and careful when playing in and around water.
  • Make sure kids are able to do these five things:


  1. Step or jump into water that is over their heads and can return to the surface.
  2. Float or tread water for one minute.
  3. Turn around in a full circle and find an exit.
  4. Swim 25 yards to exit the water.
  5. Exit the water. If you are in a pool, be sure your child can exit the water with and without the use of a ladder.


  • As a parent, it is important that you become aware of what to do in an emergency. You can learn CPR as well as basic water rescue skills that can potentially save a child’s life if you happen to take your child to the pool or even the beach.

Now, if your child happens to be the victim of an unfortunate water accident or they were injured some other way, contact a Walnut Creek, CA accident lawyer to discuss what would be the best way to handle the situation given the incident was caused by a negligent individual. The Walnut Creek, CA accident attorneys at Bowles & Verna, LLP are highly qualified and experienced and can assist you in recovering compensation for your child’s pain and suffering while holding the at-fault party accountable for their careless actions.
You can reach Bowles & Verna, LLP at:
2121 N. California Blvd., Ste 875
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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