Stevenson High School Dean Resigns Amid Investigation

Texts reportedly inappropriate, but not sexual in nature

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    After receiving evidence of drug activity on campus, an investigation at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in north suburban Lincolnshire began late-December. A wider probe ensued, resulting in the confiscation of student cell phones in order to identify suspects, according to Stevenson H.S. Spokesman, Jim Conrey. (Published Friday, Feb 17, 2012)

    One of six deans at a north suburban high school resigned while being investigated for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to a student.

    Dean of students Paul Weil submitted the letter of resignation on Wednesday after the investigation launched last weekend. District 125 school board members accepted the resignation on Thursday.

    School Dean Quits Amid Texting Probe

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    Paul Weil was hired by the district as a french teacher in 1999. He became a dean four years ago. Text messages he allegedly sent to a student weren't sexual in nature, NBC Chicago is told, but they were inappropriate. Lauren Jiggetts reports. (Published Thursday, Apr 19, 2012)

    "I would simply say, from the district's perspective, that they clearly crossed a line that was unacceptable," said Jim Conrey, the public information coordinator at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.

    Lincolnshire police said the texts were deemed inappropriate, but at this point they don't appear to be criminal. 

    Weil was hired by the district as a french teacher in 1999. He became a dean four years ago.

    "For those of us that know him professionally and personally, this is a very difficult day because we know that he's a good man and this is an unfortunate way for his career at Stevenson to end," said Conrey.

    This is the latest incident regarding text messages at the school. In February two students were arrested on drug charges after school officials confiscated cell phones and read text messages.