Dean Out At Stevenson H.S. Following Texting Scandal
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UPDATED 04/20/12 5:44 a.m.
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (CBS) – A dean at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire has resigned following a texting scandal involving a student.
The dean, Paul Weil, was under investigation for sending texts to an 18-year-old male student.
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Weil was a French teacher at the school before becoming a dean.
Police say it doesn’t appear any criminal line was crossed, but the messages were deemed inappropriate.
On Thursday, the school board accepted his resignation.
Weil could not be reached for comment. He had been at the high school for 13 years.
Further details about the text messages that Weil allegedly sent have not been revealed.
The scandal was the talk of the Stevenson campus earlier in the day Thursday, but. CBS 2 was not allowed to approach any of the school’s more than 4,000 students while on campus.
School spokesman Jin Conrey said the “conduct of an employee in a certain situation” was the focus of an investigation, but, “we’re unable to give any details. I’m unable to give any details of any details of any incidents that occurred.”
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s office is reviewing the texts to determine whether any criminal charges are warranted in the case.
This is the second scandal involving text messages at Stevenson High School this year, although the last one did not involve faculty or staff.
Two students from the school were arrested and charged with misdemeanor drug offenses after police discovered that text messages were going back and forth in school to arrange drug purchases. About 10 grams of marijuana were found on one student.
Other students were suspended following an investigation, in which school officials and authorities seized students’ cell phones.