San Marcos Principal Files Suit Against Santa Barbara Unified School District

Behrens Charges Emotional and Physical Distress in Demotion

Ed Behrens

Paul Wellman

Ed Behrens

Outgoing San Marcos High School Principal Ed Behrens “suffered a demotion which entails lost wages … and reputation harm resulting in severe emotional and physical distress,” according to a lawsuit filed on May 21 against Santa Barbara Unified School District, whose Board of Education voted 4-1 in March to reassign Behrens to a junior high teaching position come fall. Behrens is suing for reinstatement and punitive damages in the aftermath of a January video circulated online involving first-year boys threatening the lives of female fellow students, after which Behrens supporters said he was unfairly blamed for response failures at the district level.