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Chicagoland school administrator resigns over text messages

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A school administrator in suburban Chicago has resigned after he was accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a student.

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Photo: Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire (CBS Chicago)

Paul Weil, who has been dean of students at Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire since 2008, submitted his resignation on Wednesday. The district's Board of Education late Thursday accepted the resignation, reports the Chicago Tribune.

School officials, though, are not releasing specific details of what was said in the messages or even the nature of the conversation. Police said they were not criminal in nature, but inappropriate, according to CBS Chicago. The Lake County State's Attorney's office also is reviewing the texts to determine whether any criminal charges are warranted in the case, CBS Chicago reports.

Lincolnshire Police Chief Peter Kinsey told the Tribune that the text messages did not appear to meet the criminal definition of "sexting" and that no photographs were involved.

School spokesman Jim Conrey called it a "very sad day" for the Lincolnshire school and said that Weil had been a valuable member of the staff, but that students' wellbeing was the school's top priority.

"He's a good man, and it's an unfortunate way to end, and it should not overshadow all the good," Conrey said.

As dean of students, Weil primarily dealt with student disciplinary matters. Weil had been a French teacherbefore becoming a dean. He had been on the faculty since 1999.

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