Colorado Couple Sues School for Discrimination for Not Allowing Transgender 6 Year Old, Born a Boy, from Using Girls’ Bathroom [POLL/VIDEO]
It’s not easy being a boy who wants to be a girl these days.
Just ask the parents of 6 year old Coy Mathis, who was born a boy, but has identified himself as a girl since he or she was a toddler.
Now that the child is in school comes the confusion of which bathroom to use.
School says he needs to use the boys’ bathroom, since technically he’s a boy.
Parents say he’s a she, and should use the girls’ bathroom. Hilarity in the form of a lawsuit ensues, as you would expect.
What to do about little Coy. Do you really feel the school is discriminating against Coy for not letting him use the girls’ bathroom; or are the parents being ridiculous is suing that he should, since, again, he identifies as a she?
In the meantime, the kid has to pee!
Would it be so terrible if Coy were to have to use a staff bathroom or a nurse’s bathroom instead of using the girl’s room?
Personally I don’t think so. To me it’s the best solution.
A Colorado couple has charged an elementary school with discrimination for barring their transgender child, who was born a boy, from using the girl’s bathroom.
Coy Mathis, 6, was born a boy — a triplet, actually — but has dressed and behaved like a little girl since she was a toddler, her family said.
Teachers at Eagle Elementary School in Fountain, Colo., were supportive at first, calling Coy “she” and allowing her to dress like a girl and to use the girl’s bathroom.
Things changed in December, when the school told Coy’s parents she had to start using the boy’s room, the staff bathroom or a bathroom in the nurse’s office, ABC News reported.
In a letter, the school’s lawyers wrote that “a boy with male genitals” using the girl’s room could lead to problems and confusion as the children grew older, ABC News reported.
The Mathises said the school was being discriminatory.
“We want Coy to have the same educational opportunities as every other Colorado student,” Kathryn Mathis, Coy’s mom, told ABC News.
“Her school should not be singling her out for mistreatment just because she is transgender.”
The family, backed by the Transgender Legal and Defense Education fund, filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division charging that the school was violating the state’s anti-discrimination act.
Michael Silverman, the transgender fund’s executive director, said the school’s decision made Coy a target for bullies.
“Coy’s school has the opportunity to turn this around and teach Coy’s classmates a valuable lesson about friendship, respect and basic fairness,” Silverman said in a statement.
Wm. Kelly Dude, the Fountain-Fort Carson School District’s lawyer, told The Denver Post the anti-discrimination act doesn’t address restroom access.
Also, he argued, the school also made an effort to make Coy comfortable by allowing her to use staff bathrooms or the nurse’s bathroom.
“Coy attends class as all other students, is permitted to wear girls’ clothes and is referred to as the parents have requested,” Dude told the Denver Post.
Coy is being homeschooled while the complaint plays out.
The family and the school could end up in court if the civil rights board can’t come to a decision.
The Mathises said they want Coy back in school with her teachers and her friends.
“He is still just 6 years old, and we do not want one of our daughter’s earliest experiences to be our community telling her she’s not good enough,” Kathryn Mathis told ABC News.
As much as I’d like to give credit to the parents for sticking by their child, they’re being foolish to sue for discriminating against their child.
Believe me, were the kid bullied for using the boys’ bathroom dressed as a girlGiven the amount of bullying in schools and with all the anti-bullying mandates in place, it’s in the child’s best interest to use a bathroom in a neutral site.
Too bad the parents don’t see it that way.
Should a boy be allowed to use the girls’ bathroom if he identifies as a girl?