WAXAHACHIE — Social media wasted no time weighing in on the allegations that caused Evan Brady to submit his resignation to Waxahachie ISD late last week. Although exact details were scarce, district officials confirmed the former defensive coordinator resigned following a thorough investigation into the injury of a student.
The father of that student has since spoken with the Daily Light to help clear the air and calm the subsequent reactions.
As the Daily Light reported March 23, Brady — hired in 2016 — was “immediately placed on suspension” while the WISD Human Resources Department investigated the situation.
“Our Human Resources Department investigated the matter and accepted the resignation of Mr. Brady this afternoon (Thursday, March 23),” WISD Superintendent Jeremy Glenn previously stated. “The resignation is effective immediately. WISD has communicated relevant information surrounding the incident to the appropriate state agencies.”
John Arevalo, the father of WHS football player Adrian Arevalo, explained that he was “extremely upset” when he first heard of the March 22 incident. Even as he took his son to an area hospital for stitches, Arevalo said he felt as any father or parent would after hearing of a child being injured by an adult — protective and angry. He also noted his son required three stitches to close a laceration on the right side of his chin.
“When I first found out about the incident, I was upset that my son was injured,” Arevalo said. “Once I got there (the hospital) and found out that it was all from just playing around, I was good with it. My son has no reason to lie to me, so if he says it was good and playing and not malicious then that is what it is. After talking to, I don’t know how many, students and parents, I have heard nothing but good things about coach Brady. “
“[…] It goes back to what my son says. I believe my son. If he told me that it was an accident then it was an accident. If he told me that he (Brady) did it intentionally then, yeah, I am going to have a problem. But my son spends, I don’t know how many hours a week with these teachers, not just the coaches but the teachers, and they are going to build a rapport, and they are going to build a relationship. Through that relationship, things happen.”
Arevalo explained that when “things happen” it does not just refer to the “horseplay” that occurred between Brady and his son, but that the relationship can lead to “a joke or the teacher might say ‘hey, I heard that your brother is sick’ and just things like that.” The father also noted he is aware of the heightened set of standards for which an educator, coach or school administrator is required to follow by the State of Texas.
In Chapter 247 of the Texas Administrative Code, Standard 3.2 of the Educator’s Code of Ethics states “the educator shall not intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly treat a student or minor in a manner that adversely affects or endangers the learning, physical health, mental health, or safety of the student or minor.”
Arevalo explained he has told his son, and all of his children, “There is a line that I feel that no child should cross with an adult, whether it is a teacher or the mailman or whatever. There is a line that you do not cross in a friendship that could put either one of you in jeopardy of getting hurt or any kind of allegations put against you. Not only will [my son] learn from this, but I am sure a lot of other people from up there at the school will, too.”
Arevalo made it clear that there is no animosity between his family and Brady. In fact, he explained that he and the former coach have had a couple of lengthy conversations about the incident and are completely at peace with the actions that occurred. He also stated he feels the incident “was not malicious.”
When asked by his father if he was mad at Brady, who declined to comment, Adrian stated, “No.”
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith