When they were informed that first grader Coy Mathis was born a boy but identified as female, and was even listed as female on state identification, the Fountain-Fort Carson School District tried to make her feel welcome.
But there's still one place Coy isn't welcome- the restroom.
After a whole semester of Coy using the girls' restroom, the district has decided that she will no longer be allowed inside. Instead she must use the boys', faculty, or nurse's station restrooms.
Coy's parents view the decision as discriminatory and believe it will lead to bullying. They are filing a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division.
This will be Colorado's first case to challenge the idea of a restroom gender restriction. Michael Silverman of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund says:
"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 the district thinks they are being as fair as they can. Attorney W. Kelly Dude says:
"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."
For now, Coy is being homeschooled until the situation is resolved.
It actually seems that the school is trying hard to balance Coy's best interests with those of the other students and parents. We just wish they could find a solution that didn't result in Coy being pulled out of school entirely.
[Image via Mathis Family.]
Tags: barred, bathroom, descrimination, first-grader, girl, lawsuit, restroom, school, student, transgender