AUSTIN (KXAN) - An Eanes ISD parent is raising concern over a new assistant principal at Westlake High School.
Paul Weil resigned from his previous job as the dean of students in Illinois after sending questionable texts to a male student. He left Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill.,in April 2012 following a police investigation that did not result in criminal charges, but the district placed Weil on administrative leave.
"People should not be worried," said Jim Conrey, a spokesman for Stevenson High School. "Paul is a good man."
Numerous local news reports online state Weil sent texts to an 18-year-old student that made the male student feel "weird" and uncomfortable.
In one message, Weil told the student's uniform was "hot." In another text, Weil cautioned the student not to come back from a trip "with a venereal disease."
Police concluded the messages exchanged over a period of several months were not criminal in nature or overly sexual which is why no charges were filed.
The new Westlake High School principal, Dr. John Carter, brought Weil on board. Both came from the same school in Illinois where they worked together many years.
Carter addressed the matter in the letter to Westlake parents:
"In response to questions about Mr. Weil’s background, he has authorized this release so that parents will know information from him and not media reports.
"During his interview for assistant principal at Westlake High School, Mr. Weil was very open and forthcoming about an experience he had while serving as Dean of Students for a high school in the Chicago area. Mr. Weil disclosed that he sent two text messages that were intended as jokes to a student. He stated that his decision to send the texts was regrettable and that it was a humbling experience in which he learned a valuable lesson.
"When interviewed by the committee of nine teachers and administrators, the group was made aware of Mr. Weil’s background, as well as the fact that he was cleared of wrongdoing and no criminal charges were filed. The committee agreed that he had had a distinguished career before this event and was one of the top candidates worthy of moving forward in the hiring process.
"I’d like to share the following quote from teacher Vicky Abney, who served on the interviewing committee. “From the outset, it was clear to me Paul Weil was a very strong candidate. The consensus of the committee was that while unfortunate, the issue was not career-ending and that based on Mr. Weil’s remorse, it would never happen again.”
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