The parents of a six year old child have decided to take legal action against their daughter’s school, Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain, Colorado after she was barred from using the girl’s restroom in December.
The child, Coy Mathis although technically born a male, has identified as a female since the age of 4 and has since the incident been told that she is able to use either the boys’ bathroom, gender-neutral faculty bathrooms or the nurse’s bathroom, with the girl’s bathroom off limits.
Appearing on the Katie show, the girl’s parents, Jeremy and Kathryn Mathis go on to reveal that their daughter, who dresses as a girl and is recognized as female on her passport and state-issued ID, had experienced no issue using the girl’s bathroom until the December incident.
Told Kathryn Mathis: ‘She would use the girl’s restrooms, she would be called a girl, she would go in the girl’s lines.’
Tells the UK’s dailymail: But a year after making the transition at school, the Fountain-Fort Carson School District informed Coy’s parents that she would be barred from using the girl’s restrooms after the winter break.
Explaining the chain of events, Mr Mathis said: ‘We got a call one evening, it was the principal and he said he wanted to set up a meeting with us to discuss options for Coy’s future use of the restroom.
‘It came out the Coy was no longer going to be able to use the girl’s restroom and they were going to require her to be using the boy’s room or the staff bathroom or the bathroom for the sick children.
‘We didn’t know why… we had no idea where this was coming from.’
Since receiving the news the couple along with up to 5 other children attending the school, opted to take out all their children from the school and filed a complaint with the state’s civil rights division.
Told Michael Silverman of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund who is representing the Mathis family: ‘By forcing Coy to use a different bathroom than all the other girls, Coy’s school is targeting her for stigma, bullying and harassment.
‘Coy’s school has the opportunity to turn this around and teach Coy’s classmates a valuable lesson about friendship, respect and basic fairness.’
But W Kelly Dude, the lawyer for Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, told CNN that the school ‘took into account not only Coy but other students in the building, their parents, and the future impact a boy with male genitals using a girls’ bathroom would have as Coy grew older…
‘I’m certain you can appreciate that as Coy grows older and his male genitals develop along with the rest of his body, at least some parents and students are likely to become uncomfortable with his continued use of the girls’ restroom.’
Mrs Mathis told the Denver Post: ‘It’s important for us to talk about this, because a lot of people have been so afraid to be their true selves for so long.
‘We want to help create a society where it’s OK to be who you are.’
Until a resolution is reached Coy will be home-schooled until the issue is resolved.
And then there was these 2 comments on the web that caught my attention as well:
I don’t care who gets their feelings hurt here I can’t help that people may be confused about their gender but if you have a penis you go to the men’s room if you have a vagina you go to the woman’s I don’t care what you are wearing. Just because you have a problem figuring out who and what you are does not mean you can impose on my right or anyone else’s right to privacy.
Kids don’t even get to be kids anymore. A 6 year old boy can like pink frilly things and dollies and he is still a BOY. Just like a little girl can like cars and sports if she wants. They might even like those things their whole lives, but that does not change their gender. We need to stop telling people who they are “supposed” to be, especially KIDS. Let this boy’s imagination flourish, let him like pink and Dora the Explorer and teach him that its okay as long as he is happy with it and that it doesn’t matter what others say. Instead they have done nothing but twist this kid’s head into thinking he’s trapped in the wrong body when there is nothing wrong with him at all.