February 28th, 2013
10:04 AM ET

Parents: School punishing transgender child

The parents of a transgender girl rejected a central argument Thursday from the school that won't allow their child to use the girl's restroom.

"They're punishing a 6-year-old for something that hasn't happened and may not happen," said Kathryn Mathis, mother of 6-year-old Coy Mathis, who was born with a boy's body but identifies as a girl.  Mathis and her husband Jeremy, sitting alongside their daughter, spoke with CNN's "Starting Point."

The Colorado school, in a December letter to the parents, said 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."

A legal fund has field suit on the family's behalf, putting Colorado's anti-discrimination law to a new test.

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  1. Rachel

    I know commenting on this won't make much of a difference, but I felt obligated to. All I ask is for adults to take a second look before they comment and realise what you are saying. Most of these comments are hurtful, and they are being said to a 6 year old girl! All I want is for this child to have a happy life and I wish her the best, so please, take a second look at what you are posting.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mghow_Masculinist

      @ Rachel

      Many in this world are full of self hatred, they do not accept themselves, have no direction and are detached. When they talk about this 6 year old, they are not speaking from the position of humanity, they are speaking from a detached self loathing point of view. In this case the subject of the news then becomes a story rather than a person.

      Commenting should always be done because it can make a person question their own poor judgement or actions. Keeping quiet is never the answer and you can never know what difference you will make.

      October 18, 2013 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
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