Reagan County ISD releases statement on former coach charged with having sex with student

Matthew Hummingbird, 26. (Photo: Reagan County Sheriff's Office)

REAGAN COUNTY -- Reagan County ISD has released a statement following the arrest of a former teacher accused of of having sex with a student.

Matthew Hummingbird, 26, has been charged with Improper Relationship between Educator and Student, a 2nd Degree Felony.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by CBS7, a student told the Reagan County Sheriff's Office that she had sex with Hummingbird two times between January and March of 2018.

At that time Hummingbird was employed as a math teacher and a coach at the middle school while the student was attending Reagan County High School.

The affidavit states that Hummingbird was aware of the victim still being a student at the time.

The following statement comes from the school district:

"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, Matthew 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. Hummingbird'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, Reagan County ISD Superintendent