EDITOR'S NOTE: Coy Mathis and her parents, Jeremy and Kathryn, will be guests on "Starting Point" live Thursday, Feb. 28th in 7:00am E.T. hour.
Coming up Thursday: Transgender student Coy Mathis and parents talk to Soledad about discrimination lawsuit against school
It's a dilemma few schools have ever had to face: First-grader Coy, who was born with male sex organs but identifies herself as female, had been allowed to use her school's girls' bathrooms until school officials barred her from doing so after winter break, her family says.
Coy's parents, Jeremy and Kathryn Mathis, have taken her out of school after the incident.
The district "took into account not only Coy but other students in the building, their parents, and the future impact a boy with male genitals using a girls' bathroom would have as Coy grew older," the school district's attorney, W. Kelly Dude, told CNN Tuesday.
"In the end we just want what is the best for Coy," Mathis said, explaining why the complaint was filed. "We want her to be able to go back to school and be treated equally without discrimination and harassment."
The case has now received national attention and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, which is representing Coy, said it has filed a complaint against the state.
"For many transgender people, discrimination is a daily part of life. Unfortunately for Coy, it has started very early," he said, adding that the complaint is a "test of Colorado's Anti-Discrimination Act."
On "Starting Point" Thursday, Feb. 28th at 7am Eastern, Coy Mathis and her parents, Jeremy and Kathryn, will talk with Soledad O'Brien live to explain the lawsuit, how the incident has affected the family, the response they've received and their goals going forward.
We want to hear from you: Where do you stand on this story? How do you think the parents and the school should have reacted in this situation? What would you want to ask the Mathis family about their situation?