Colorado Parents Sue To Have Their Six-Year-Old Transgender Student Use School’s Female Bathrooms

20130226__coymathis~p1_200There is an interesting case of parents suing the public school in Fountain, Colorado for failing to accommodate their transgender child. These lawsuits have become more common, but in this case the school is the Eagleside Elementary School and the child is just 6 years old. Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis insist that their child, Coy Mathis, was born a boy but identifies as a girl and wants to use the girls’ restroom.

The case raises the question of when a child should be deemed to be transgender. The Mathis’s insist that Coy decided that he was a she before age 6. As the father of four, I am surprised that such a determination could be made at such an early age. The parents say that they were aware of the gender identity since Coy was a baby and, before kindergarten. As a toddler, they say that she indicated that there was “something wrong” with her body and the parents took the pre-schooler to a specialist, who diagnosed gender identity disorder. The specialist told the parents to start dressing Coy as a girl. Since kindergarten, she has dressed as a girl.

The school did accommodate Coy in referring to her with female pronouns and she wears girls’ clothing. However, they asked Coy to use the boys’ restroom, the staff’s restroom or the bathroom in the school nurse’s office.

There is no clear rule on this issue. Just ask the dude from the school district. Wm. Kelly Dude insists that the public schools are not required to allow transgender students to use the restrooms of their choice at any age. That position would put transgender rights squarely before a court. The alternative would be for the school to focus on the fact that this is just a six year old child. The school is also in a jurisdiction with a long history of accommodating gender identity. Boulder’s guidelines specifically address restroom accessibility, stating that “students shall have access to the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity consistently asserted at school.”

The school district wrote a letter to the parents saying “The district’s decision 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.”

Given the accommodation on the alternative bathrooms and the age of the student, this could prove an important case in drawing lines for school districts around the country. What do you think?

Source: Denver Post

34 thoughts on “Colorado Parents Sue To Have Their Six-Year-Old Transgender Student Use School’s Female Bathrooms

  1. Just let the child walk in whatever bathroom she chooses and look the other way.

    It’s only a problem if you make it one.

  2. if we see more & more of this why must WE punilsh the chid ???? do we think he OR she wanted this in there life ???? it is because of our life stye & unhealthly foods & such that has MESSED UP there Hormons Help these children !!!!!!!!!!! AND Perfent more cases !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. i am sorry that my spelling isn’t up to par butt what i was told back in the day there are NO spelling police is this still true or has the goverment taken this over Tooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. drsigne – the stuff I have read is that the extra Y is very much over represented in prison populations. That is not proof but it is evidence. I have only known 2 people that I am aware of with this condition and both happened to be very aggressive (one is currently in the NFL and very successful btw – so it is not always channeled in activities that are anti-social). Neither is in jail or in danger of it as far as I know.

    Again antidote != data but it seems there is a tendency. Sure its not universal but it is a tendency still.

    Also, the other area they are over represented in is porn.

  5. The scientific, fool proof, logical, common sense way of solving all of these ridiculous problems. Look at the chromosomes. If it is XX, it’s a girl. If it is XY, it’s a boy.

  6. I want my child in same-sex bathrooms, period. They have given the child many choices as to other bathrooms she can use. Do’t put the burden in others.

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