The parents of a six-year-old transgender child, who was born as a boy but raised as a girl, have filed a complaint against a US school after the first-grader was banned from using the girls' bathroom.
Coy Mathis, 6, was born a male but has presented as a female since she was 18-months-old, her mother Kathryn Mathis told talk show host Katie Couric.
The six-year-old was recognised as a girl by her school mates and was able to use the female bathroom until last December when officials at Eagle Elementary School in Fountain, Colorado told her she would have to use the boys' toilet or the nurse's.
Eagle Elementary' s lawyers said they had taken all the school's students into account when making the decision.
"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," they said in a letter.
Ms Mathis has home-schooled her child since but said she wanted her 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," she said.
Ms Mathis has filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division on her daughter's behalf claiming the school has violated Coy's rights.
"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. She is still just 6 years old, and we do not want one of our daughter's earliest experiences to be our community telling her she's not good enough," she said.
Source: Good Morning America
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Fiona Willan