GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) – Cannon Elementary school in Grapevine is the latest battleground in the national debate over transgender bathrooms.
An 8-year-old transgender girl was removed from school by her parents over accusations of bullying and an unresponsive school district. They said their daughter doesn’t feel accepted at all.
The school’s administration is facing accusations of not following recently imposed federal guidelines that allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.
“It has been a horrible place. A horrible, horrible place,” said Marilyn Morrison, describing the school where she hasn’t been allowed to use the girl’s restroom.
“I have to walk across the courtyard just to go to the bathroom. I do not feel safe doing that,” said Morrison. “I do not want to walk across a courtyard to go to the bathroom!”
Marilyn’s mother, Chelsea said it’s only one of the complaints the Grapevine-Colleyville School District has ignored. Others include harassment and teachers refusing to accept her transgendered daughter’s chosen name.
“She would have to turn on her computer every day to see her old name. She had repeated offenses of bullying and it was just getting to the point where it was really affecting her health and stressing her out,” said Chelsea.
The Morrisons plan to travel to Wichita Falls on Friday to show support for transgender rights at a hearing involving a federal lawsuit against the school district there.
But next week, Marilyn will begin home schooling… something she said she doesn’t want to do.
“I want kids to accept me,” said Marilyn.
Cannon Elementary didn’t respond to our request for comment.
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