Transgender 6-year-old barred from using girls’ restroom in school, Coy Mathis’ parents complain (Video)By Angel Cuala on Feb 28, 2013 in Lifestyle, Parenting, United States •
A transgender 6-year-old student named Coy Mathis was barred from using the girls’ restroom in their school in Colorado. Her parents filed a complaint via the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF). The story was recently featured at Katie Couric‘s show, “Katie,” as shown in the video below.
Transgender 6-year-old Coy Mathis and her mother
Credit: Katie Couric video
According to a report at the official website of TLDEF on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, Coy Mathis, who is male at birth, is a first-grader at Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain, Colorado, and has been using the girls’ restrooms and had no problems with it; and was treated as a girl in their school.
However, the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 told Coy‘s parents last December that their child will be barred from using the girls’ restroom after winter break. Instead, the transgender 6-year-old, who has four siblings, was advised to use the boy’s restroom, or the nurse’s bathroom.
As noted in the report, Coy Mathis has expressed being a female since she was 18 months old, and wears girls’ clothes since kindergarten. Coy‘s teachers and classmates have been using female pronouns as reference to her. Her passport and state-issued identification recognize her as female.
“We want Coy to have the same educational opportunities as every other Colorado student. Her school should not be singling her out for mistreatment just because she is transgender.” Kathryn Mathis, Coy‘s mother, was quoted at TransgenderLegal.org. The legal complaint was filed with the Colorado Civil Rights Division.
“We want Coy to return to school to be with her teachers, her friends, and her siblings, but we are afraid to send her back until we know that the school is going to treat her fairly.” Mrs. Mathis added. She and her husband, Jeremy, have removed her from school, and Coy is now under home schooling.
Meanwhile, W. Kelly Dude, the district’s attorney was quoted at CNN, saying that “the district firmly believes it has acted reasonably and fairly with respect to this issue…and is preparing a response to the charge which it will submit to the Division of Civil Rights.”
Nevertheless, the lawyer emphasized the district is also taking account the civil rights of the girls, noting that the girl students and their parents may feel uncomfortable if Coy will be allowed to continuously use the girls’ restrooms, especially when she starts to grow older and her male body will change.
The story of Coy Mathis, the transgender 6-year-old student at Katie Couric’s show “Katie”
Video Credit: KatieCouric.com
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