Michigan City High School principal placed on administrative leave

2012-10-24T17:45:00Z 2012-10-24T20:25:07Z Michigan City High School principal placed on administrative leaveStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 24, 2012 5:45 pm  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | No decisions have been made on whether to charge the principal at Michigan City High School with a crime for alleged inappropriate communication with a former student.

Lee Dabagia is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a police and school district investigation, according to school corporation officials.

It's alleged that Dabagia had inappropriate cellphone communication with a former student.

Further specifics involving the allegations were not released because the investigation is ongoing.

Michigan City Police Chief Mark Swistek said Tuesday several detectives have been assigned to the case.

He could not say when the case could be forwarded to the LaPorte County prosecutor’s office for a decision on pursuing criminal charges.

Michigan City Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Barbara Eason-Watkins on Oct. 17 informed school staff and high school families of the situation involving Dabagia, who became principal at the high school last year.

“The safety and welfare of our students remains our top priority. We are committed to keeping the focus on learning at the high school,'' said Eason-Watkins.

Dabagia previously was associate principal and curriculum coach at the high school. Prior to that, he taught at Krueger Middle School.

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