Just last night I posted about a back-wood mentality school in Georgia (USA) that cannot find its heart in accepting kids who are different than mainstream. Today I discover yet another story of a school in Georgia that can’t accommodate a very young Seven year old transgendered boy. Read below.
From the school’s website:
McIntosh County Middle School is located in historic Darien, Georgia along the Darien River. MCMS applied to become a school in 1988 and was the first small school in the state of Georgia to receive the QBE Middle School Incentive Grant. MCMS is proud to have made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) for 2009-2010 school year. MCMS is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Tommy Theollyn’s son is transgender. The child’s doctor has confirmed this. Despite female genitalia,his son identifies as a boy and all the students know him as a boy. But Dr. William A. Hunter – the Superintendent of his school has demanded he use the girl’s room. On top of that, he has threatened Tommy with a call to Child Protection Services.
Here we have a parent who has worked with his child’s doctor and clearly done what is right for his son who is transgender. And here we have a school superintendent overstepping his bounds into what is quite clearly dangerous territory.
In addition to not allowing Tommy’s son to use the bathroom of the gender with which he identifies, he will not even let the child use the unisex bathroom in their school because it is a faculty restroom. This is a child who would not feel safe using the restroom which does not apply to his gender. This is a case of a school administrator bullying a child.
Tommy has started a Change.org petition targeting the McIntosh County School Board as well as the Superintendent and other members of the faculty and staff, demanding that all students be allowed safe access to bathrooms and other facilities. Sign his petition here and add your name to the quickly growing list of people demanding protections for our youth.