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Weston High Teacher Under Investigation Quits

UPDATE: Teacher David Eger has resigned from the Weston Public Schools, Superintedent Colleen Palmer said in a statement sent Thursday evening, according to a published report . Despite Eger's resignation, the district's videography and television production program will continue, she is quoted as saying on Weston Patch.

WESTON, Conn. — A Weston High School teacher is being investigated by police for alleged actions involving former students, according to an email sent Wednesday to parents by School Superintendent Colleen Palmer, according to the News-Times website .

Technology teacher Dave Eger, 47, is under investigation by the Weston Police Department. School officials are cooperating with police, Palmer said. Eger, a Fairfield resident, is on administrative leave, she said.

Palmer said counseling will be made available to all students at Weston High. "As this information becomes more well-known to our students, there may be a host of emotional reactions," she wrote in the email. "Our administrators and counseling professionals will be available to assist students and their families as needed. We will continue to work cooperatively with the Weston Police Department."

According to a June 2010 article on The Daily Weston, Eger has been a teacher at the school for more than a dozen years and was a set technician for the school theater for eight years before that. Eger taught videography and advised the student-run television station, "Trojan TV," Channel 78. "Dave is always Eger to work," read a sign his classroom wall.

The Westport Youth Film Festival gave Eger an award for "Excellence in Film Education" in May.

Eger received a grant of $40,000 in 1998-99 and another $40,000 grant in 1999-2000 to buy state-of-the-art equipment, videography hardware and software from the Weston Education Foundation for Enrichment and Technology Initiative . The “Media Lab” grants were to create a high school Media Technology Lab that rivals those found at colleges and universities. With the installation of video editing, audio, lighting, and mixing equipment, students can explore and/or create individual video productions.

In 2005, Eger received the David Trigaux Innovation Award from the foundation. It is given annually to a town teacher who shows "an unusual level of originality and dedication to creative teaching — a teacher who has truly made a difference in our school community," according to the foundation's website.

Anyone with information for the investigation is asked to contact Sgt. Matthew Broadacki at 203-222-2624.

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