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Rights case ruling favors transgender 6-year-old

Coy Mathis Decision

DENVER - Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 says it's "disappointed" after the Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled in favor of a transgender 6-year-old child who was barred from using the girls' bathroom at Eagleside Elementary School.

The fund filed the complaint on behalf of Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis claiming that their child, Coy, has been battling discrimination.

Kathryn Mathis said in a statement that the family is thrilled that Coy can return to school and "put this behind her."

The Fountain-Fort Carson School District told Coy's parents in December that the first-grader would not be able to continue to use the girls' restroom after the holiday break.

The school district released the following statement in response to the ruling on Monday:

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.

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