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Should 7-year old girl be allowed to use boys' restroom at school?

TJ 2011/09/08 17:34:47
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Mr. Theollyn's seven-year-old daughter -- who we'll call "D" -- looks like a boy. While she was born female, D feels (according to her father) more like a boy; wearing boys' clothing and having short hair. Mr. Theollyn has taken D to a psychologist and doctor, both of whom (allegedly) say that the right thing to do is allow D to live as a boy.

So Mr. Theollyn is trying to do just that. But there's one problem: D has been denied access to the boys' restroom (or the "safe" unisex staff restroom) at her elementary school in Georgia. Mr. Theollyn argues that forcing D to use the girls' restroom reveals to other children that she is transgender, and therefore threatens her safety.

And so, after deciding to enroll D in public school for the first time after previously homeschooling her, Mr. Theollyn decided to pull his daughter out of public school. At the same time, he is also petitioning the McIntosh County Board of Education to allow his daughter to use the boys' and/or the staff restroom at school.

Before the school year started, Mr. Theollyn spoke with D's teacher about letting D use the boys' restroom and thought the matter was settled. But McIntosh superintendent Dr. William Hunter, whose job it is to ensure his schools are complying with all state and local laws, said D was not allowed to use the boys' restroom.

Just one more thing: Mr. Theollyn used to be Ms. Theollyn, D's biological mother. He is a transgender himself.

What do you think? Should the superintendent allow D to use the boys' restroom and/or make special accommodations for her to use the "safe" staff restroom?

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  • RageFury 2011/09/08 17:39:07
    No
    RageFury
    +5
    Whether she feels like a boy or not, is irrelevant. She is a girl and until she receives an operation to make her a boy then to the Girls room she should go.

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  • XXrawwwrXX 2011/09/17 01:41:02
    Yes
    XXrawwwrXX
    i think they should let the little girl to use whatever bathroom she feels more comfortable with.
  • 9th of 9 2011/09/10 14:00:30
    No
    9th of 9
    +1
    I'm a man. Can I use the ladies room anywhere I want? The answer is NO.
  • ScottyG - Faqueue 2011/09/09 20:11:01
    No
    ScottyG - Faqueue
    +3
    Hell no! More crazy freak show stuff!
  • Woots 2011/09/09 05:19:37
    No
    Woots
    +2
    Can we say these people are nuts and move on?
  • Christi... Woots 2011/09/09 19:31:56
    Christienne
    No Woots, we can't.
  • Woots Christi... 2011/09/10 02:12:39 (edited)
    Woots
    Yes we can and should.
    Some circus freak is going to tell us how to run a school now?
    I'm talking about the girls parent now.
  • Griegg 2011/09/08 18:43:39
    No
    Griegg
    If her gender identity would put her at risk of violence in the area she lives in she should be homeschooled. Being allowed to use a boys' restroom would become progressively more dangerous for her over time.
  • Christi... Griegg 2011/09/09 19:33:28 (edited)
    Christienne
    So rather than be accepted for who he is, you are proposing that he should be isolated from the rest of the population?
  • Griegg Christi... 2011/09/09 20:56:29
    Griegg
    No. I'm proposing that the child be protected from the threat of violence her father says is real.
  • Evil Temptress 2011/09/08 18:10:23
    Yes
    Evil Temptress
    I believe that all schools should have a single toilet, locked door, bathroom that is unisex as people are becoming more and more aware of intrasexed and transgendered children. It is interesting that the parent is trans, as well, and I don't know of any studies that show a link of trans people having trans children, however, the child needs to be left alone to live as he or she feel is appropriate.

    By the way, until the day when schools can afford to upgrade their bathroom situation, using the teachers unisex restroom seems appropriate. The boys bathroom may cause too much trouble, at some point.
  • Christi... Evil Te... 2011/09/09 19:31:33
    Christienne
    +1
    Actually, isn't what you are proposing a sort of "seperate but equal" form of discrimination? Why not let people use the restroom corresponding to their gender identity?
  • Evil Te... Christi... 2011/09/10 17:19:45
    Evil Temptress
    The absolutely only reason is because of the potential for violence against the individual who is different. Otherwise I do believe that they should be permitted to use the same restroom.

    A lot of new public construction have "family" bathrooms that are a single stall types with a lock on the main door. One of my friends who is transgender knows ahead of time if these bathrooms are going to be available to her before leaving the house. Transgender people are more likely to be murdered than any of the other protective classes, combined. This is the only reason I suggest a separate bathroom in schools that would be available to everyone would not be gender specific.
  • JoeBtfsplk 2011/09/08 18:05:32
    Undecided
    JoeBtfsplk
    +2
    How stupidly obsessed is the Gay/Trannie/ Lesbo agenda?

    They keep nudging us to accept them.

    I'm tired of it.
  • Christi... JoeBtfsplk 2011/09/09 19:28:05
    Christienne
    It's ok Joe, we're tired of your bigotry as well.
  • Evil Te... JoeBtfsplk 2011/09/10 17:20:18
    Evil Temptress
    You don't have to accept "them" as individuals, you just can't discriminate against them.
  • JoeBtfsplk Evil Te... 2011/09/10 17:22:08
    JoeBtfsplk
    +1
    I understand both concepts.
  • kcandi 2011/09/08 18:01:44
    Undecided
    kcandi
    +4
    Ah, but can "D" stand up and pee at a urinal??
  • Christi... kcandi 2011/09/09 19:28:34
    Christienne
    I don't know Kcandi, can you stand up and think?
  • kcandi Christi... 2011/09/09 20:32:34
    kcandi
    +1
    Pretty much, and you??
  • Evil Te... kcandi 2011/09/10 17:28:06
    Evil Temptress
    Who cares?
  • RageFury 2011/09/08 17:39:07
    No
    RageFury
    +5
    Whether she feels like a boy or not, is irrelevant. She is a girl and until she receives an operation to make her a boy then to the Girls room she should go.
  • Christi... RageFury 2011/09/09 19:30:17
    Christienne
    Interesting. Bathroom doors do not have placards which state "Vaginas" or "No Vaginas". Do you propose that we should inspect everyone before they enter a bathroom?
  • RageFury Christi... 2011/09/09 20:02:02
    RageFury
    +1
    Interesting thing is Schools do have bathrooms for each gender and have been segregating boys from girls for a long time. Never has it been acceptable practice to be otherwise and I see no valid reasons to start now. The doors do have signs indicating which sex is acceptable in said bathroom. Obviously actual genital pics are not acceptable indicators when we already have acceptable signs for such. Secondly we do have Words that work nicely eg "Boys" or "Girls". Most intelligent people already recognize this...
    If you don't want to respect that then you are welcome to Home School.
  • kcandi Christi... 2011/09/09 20:33:45
    kcandi
    +2
    No, they say "Boys" or "Girls".......the physical anatomy of a certain gender is self explanatory

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