Officials with Eanes Independent School District have withdrawn a job offer made to a Westlake High School assistant principal candidate after a community uproar.
A group of parents in the district asked Westlake High School staff to reconsider hiring Paul Weil after they learned he was fired from a Chicago-area school for sending inappropriate text messages to a student.
Westlake principal John Carter defended Weil in a letter sent home to parents, saying, "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."
But on Wednesday, Eanes School District Superintendent Nola Wellman announced that after further consideration and “in the best interest of the district,” Weil will not be offered the assistant principal position.
She thanked members of the community for sharing their viewpoints and concerns.
According to the Chicago Tribune, a high school student received what the student described as "awkward and creepy" text messages from Weil.
Weil resigned from that job during the investigation. He previously worked with Carter at a Illinois school district.
During his hiring process with Westlake, he was interviewed by a panel of nine teachers who were aware of his background. Based on his educational qualifications, they agreed to make him a top candidate for the job, according to Carter.