Former judge in Brock Turner case getting hired as LHS JV tennis coach causes national stir

Community members reflect on former judge Aaron Persky’s hire and consequent firing

Hannah Lee, Shuvi Jha, and Stuti Upadhyay

Recalled judge Aaron Persky, who presided over the 2015 People v. Turner case sentencing Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in prison for the sexual assault of an unconscious woman, was hired as the JV girls tennis coach at Lynbrook HS over the summer. News of his hiring spread across the community, prompting the Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD) administration— which claimed to be unaware of Persky’s background at the time of the hiring — to publicly address the issue. Although Persky is no longer coaching as of Sept. 11, his hiring and subsequent firing sparked controversy and conversation that extended far beyond the Cupertino community. Read the full story to explore the different reactions, perspectives and beliefs surrounding the situation.

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