A Colorado family celebrates a victory after the state's Civil Rights Division ruled that their transgender child can legally use the girl's bathroom at her elementary school.
Fort Carson - Fountain School District 8 was not pleased with the state's response. They issued a statement saying they are disappointed with the ruling.
They also believe they came up with a reasonable solution before this decision was made- that decision was to let her use one of three gender-neutral bathrooms that were on the same floor as her classroom.
Six-year-old Coy Mathis, a Colorado first-grader, was born a boy, but lives as a girl. She was banned from using the girl's bathroom at Eagleside Elementary School and her parents fought the school's policy.
The state's civil rights division disagreed with the ban, saying it creates a hostile environment. Coy's mom was pleased with the decision.
"We're extremely happy that she is going to be treated equally and we thank the civil rights division for coming to this conclusion," she said at a news conference Monday. "And we are very grateful to the voters of Colorado for putting these laws into place to begin with. There are thousands of family's like ours across the country and none should have to fight for their children to have basic respect."
We have been reaching out to different school districts for a response on this ruling; we will let you know what they are saying as soon as we hear back from them.
Since this ordeal began, Coy has been homeschooled. She will now return to public schooling in Aurora, where her parents moved because of a health issue with another child.
Shortly after noon, the Fountain / Ft. Carson School District 8 sent the following response to media:
On June 18, 2013, Fountain-Fort Carson School District received a copy of the Letter of Determination issued by Steven Chavez, Director of the Colorado Civil Rights Division (OCR). We are disappointed with this opinion because it not only failed to address conflicts between statutory and regulatory provisions raised by the District but failed to appreciate the unique circumstances that school districts must consider when faced with such situations.
The District feels it carefully considered the best interest of all children in the District, including Coy, when making its decision and believes that its option of permitting Coy the use of any of three single-user, gender-neutral bathrooms on the same floor as the first grade classroom was a reasonable compromise which the family refused to consider.
The District is conferring with legal representation to determine next steps in this process. The District wishes the best for Coy and the Mathis family.
We would like to clearly state that the District chooses not to discuss this situation in the media and as such has no further comment at this time.