The state Board of Control has approved a payment from the Crime Victims Fund for a La Costa man pummeled in April, 1987, by athletes from San Dieguito High School in Encinitas.
The board, meeting this week in San Diego, agreed to compensate Craig Beveridge, 21, for his medical bills, which may reach $2,000. Similar payments had previously been authorized for a Leucadia family beaten by the same athletes a month later.
Board staff members had recommended that Beveridge be denied payment on the theory that he was partly to blame. But San Diego County district attorney’s investigator Jodi Reischl argued successfully that Beveridge was acting in self-defense in the altercation in the parking lot of a grocery.
In all, seven current or former athletes from San Dieguito High were convicted in three off-campus beatings inflicted in the spring of 1987, including that of Beveridge. The resulting community controversy led the local school board to adopt the county’s first code of conduct holding students accountable for off-campus behavior.