Skip to comments.Georgia school denies use of boy's bathroom to transgender child
Posted on 09/15/2011 11:59:10 AM PDT by Brookhaven
The father of a 7-year-old born a girl said the second-grader, prohibited from using the boys bathroom at school in McIntosh County, has never fit traditional gender roles.
At 18 months, the child told Tommy Theollyn, 28, "I'm a boy."
The child's father, who gave birth a year before beginning his own gender transition, said he wants school officials in this rural southeast Georgia county to view his son the way the child has always viewed himself.
"I'm fighting to get a second grader back in school," said Theollyn, who pulled his son out of Todd Grant Elementary after his teacher forced the youth to use the girls bathroom.
The 28-year-old Atlanta native on Thursday will present a petition to the McIntosh Board of Education containing roughly 40,000 signatures supporting Theollyn and his son, nicknamed "D."
"My child is transgender; put simply this means he looks like and identifies as a boy, but has the body parts assigned to girls," Theollyn writes in the petition posted Aug. 24 on Change.org. "Forcing him to use a bathroom that does not match his presentation effectively discloses his status as a transgender child and thus endangers him."
D. effectively came out as a boy last year, Theollyn told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He even began telling classmates he was trans.
"Last year, we reached a very distinct and definite point when [his son] identified as a boy," said Theollyn, adding D. typically dresses as a boy.
There was little controversy at the time because D. was attending a more liberal private school in Atlanta, his father said. Financial problems forced Theollyn and his son south to McIntosh County: population 14,333.
Theollyn met preemptively with his son's teacher, who said she would accommodate D., allowing him to use the boys facility when it was unoccupied.
After D. was told to use the girls bathroom instead, Theollyn arranged a meeting with McIntosh school superintendent William Hunter, who threatened to alert the state's Child Protective Services division about the situation. The superintendent did not return calls for comment from the AJC; Theollyn said CPS was never contacted.
"All I'm asking for is a conversation," said Theollyn, adding he understands why people may have a difficult time accepting his son's situation. "I'm not offended that people are concerned about the welfare of my child. Their questions are valid."
Theollyn said he has taken D. to a child psychologist and pediatricians who verified his son has reached his own conclusions about his gender identity.
"We sought help as a family to find out what we should do, how we should handle this," he said. "People should know I'm not the one who told him he's trans. That came from him."
The American Psychological Association advises parents of "gender-atypical" children to work with schools to address their needs and ensure their safety.
"In most cases it is not helpful to simply force the child to act in a more gender-typical way," the APA said.
Theollyn said he's talked with other parents of trans children who've faced similar problems, though overall more people are understanding of the challenges those kids face.
"Things seem to be changing," Theollyn said. "Kids are coming out younger and they're being heard earlier."
But he acknowledges McIntosh County may not be as open to transgender persons as, say, San Francisco or Atlanta.
"This is Step 1," Theollyn said. "The next step will be to take on issues of bullying that will inevitably arise."
D. understands the situation, said his father.
"I'd say he's pretty well-aware," Theollyn said. "He talks intelligently about it."
Mostly, "he just wants to go to school and be safe," he said.
Oh boy! What do we have here? Somebody who has lost their way and transferring his ideas to it’s children!!
I don’t suppose that there’s any chance at all that the kid is just confused and traumatized by what his mommy/daddy did?
Just a coincidence. lol
Words I would like to use would get me banned. So I’ll just settle for “Scum of the earth”!!!!!!
Biologically incorrect and impossible; father's do not "give birth", literally. These sex deviates are part of the growing trend for societal-maladjusted deviates to force their problem on society for support of their lifestyle choices.
This is undoubtedly a complete coincidence, right? Can't have anything to do with the kid making the choices she's making. Nope, just a normal family situation with a kid who out of nowhere decides to be transgender. Yeah, right.
frigging idiot parents, what’s the betting they never have corrected the child, they never brought the child up as a girl and has the view that the child needs to find themselves.
She’s born a girl she has what a girl has then she’s a frigging girl end of.
Notice how it was homosexuals want rights
now cross dressers, even sicko’s like a man thinking he is a woman but likes women sexually therefore he looks at himself as a lesbian, idiot he is.
Next it will be child molesters.
The pervs , the sick minded etc know they don’t have the time as their messiah will get booted out so they’re pushing these stories as fast as they can and then try and pass laws., well even more laws.
The child needs mental help after the abuse by this parent and the parent needs child development help
If someone can show me an XX to XY transfer (or vis a versa), I will show them a transgender person. Otherwise, it’s like hanging christmas balls on a Palm Tree and calling it a Pine.
Hominah, hominah, hominah...
ah you noticed how the article writes that as if it is normal.
The child needs to be taken away from this fool and needs mental help after the abuse she has received.
Then the left say their new social views does not hurt a child, well really, here is proof
This a synthetic dream conjured up by parents.
Anyway, I’m a proud lesbian and love women.... /s
But, I do luv women.
I'm not stupid but I had to read that several times before I could make heads or tails of it. In my world that just does not compute.
WHERE are the Child Protective Services department when you need them?
If ever there was a clear-cut case of child abuse - this is it.
So what? When they were little, both of my sons said they were a girl. It goes like this:
Me: I'm a boy. Mama's a girl. Are you a boy or a girl?
Innocent little boy: A girl!
At a young age, they identify with their mother and want to be like them. They don't understand the difference and what the words mean. The difference here is that the rest of the conversation at my house went:
Me: No, you're a boy.
Whereas at the freak's house it probably went something like: "Oh, you are? Well, you must be transgendered, just like your Mommy/Daddy/Moddy. We'll make sure that you are a freak, just like your Dammy. Now look at my new parts."
Now you’ve done it!
Next you’ll have the Darwin defenders telling us how it can happen.
A jackass #ing up the mind of a child...
“At 18 months, the child told Tommy Theollyn, 28, “I’m a boy.””
I wonder what Tommy would have done if the kid told him she was a tomato.
When kids are 18 months old they say all kinds of weird things, if you can even understand what they are saying, we don’t necessarily take them seriously.
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