The Reagan County ISD Administration received a report from local law enforcement on Friday morning October 5, 2018, that a former Reagan County ISD coach, Mathew Hummingbird, may have been involved in an inappropriate relationship with a female Reagan County High School student while he was working for the District last year.
Mr. Hummingbird voluntarily resigned from the District at the end of last school year. He was arrested by the Reagan County Sheriff's Department on Thursday afternoon.
Local law enforcement authorities will determine whether to pursue criminal charges in this matter.
The District has reported this incident to Child Protective Services and the State Board of Educator Certification was notified that the teacher is suspected of having an improper relationship with a student.
The school administration will continue to cooperate with these agencies as needed, and to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Prior to being notified by law enforcement, the District was not aware of any alleged misconduct.
The District's investigation following Mr. Humminbird's arrest has not revealed any District employee with prior knowledge of a suspected improper relationship. Student safety, whether in this District or another, is a paramount concern to Reagan County ISD.
The District's policies concerning improper personal relationships between staff and students are strictly enforced.
Employees receive regular training and warnings regarding proper professional relationships with students.
District administration encourages anyone with information of a suspected improper relationship to immediately contact the office of the Superintendent or the Reagan County Sheriff's Department.
State and federal law prohibit the District from disclosing personally identifiable student information, as well as confidential personnel information.
Therefore, the District cannot comment further on this matter.
Please be assured that the District has taken steps to keep students safe and I am grateful for the efforts and cooperation of the Reagan County Sheriff's Office.
Bobby Fryar
Superintendent, RCISD