Questions remain following sudden resignation of Highland band d -

Questions remain following sudden resignation of Highland band director

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By Carlos Otero By Carlos Otero

(KMOV) -- Questions remain unanswered following the sudden resignation of a high school band director in Highland, Illinois on Tuesday.

Faculty and parents in the Highland School District continue to ask why the band director, Clay Dugger, resigned after seven years with the school.

An email sent to parents early Tuesday morning stated Dugger was being placed on paid administrative leave.  However, an exact reason was not given.

District Superintendent Michael Sutton told News 4’s Cory Stark that Dugger resigned on his own Tuesday afternoon, citing personal reasons. 

Sutton also confirmed that an investigation into an “employee matter” was conducted by the district. Highland Police Chief Terry Bell told News 4 his department met with Sutton to discuss an allegation regarding an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and a former female student, but did not say if Dugger was involved.

Dugger currently faces no criminal charges.

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