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FOUNTAIN, Colo. â€” Inside her Colorado Springs home, surrounded by painted walls in her favorite color, you get a tiny glimpse into the soul of Coy Mathis.
â€śI got my girl scout pinâ€ť, said Mathis as she played in her bedroom.
Itâ€™s a view shared by her since she was born. Jeremy and Kathryn Mathis saw things, heard things, that told them Coy was different.
â€ś(She liked) anything pink and sparkly,â€ť said Coyâ€™s mother. â€śWe noticed at 18 months.â€ť
What the Mathisâ€™ couldnâ€™t explain, Coy eventually did. â€śTheyâ€™re saying Iâ€™m a boy when Iâ€™m really a girl,â€ť she says.
In 2006, Coy Mathis was born a boy, the first of three triplets.
â€śWhen she finally was able to tell us â€śIâ€™m a girlâ€ť things didnâ€™t change, we were just clued in to who she was,â€ť said her father, Jeremy.
Inside their Fountain, Colo. home with five children, compassion is key, even when there is disagreement.
Itâ€™s a rule the family says they have learned not everyone practices, not even those who run Coyâ€™s elementary school Eagle Side near Colorado Springs.
â€śNobody wants a difficult world for their child. You want them to have the easiest path and thatâ€™s probably not going to happen for Coy,â€ť said her mom.
The difficulties started two years ago when Coyâ€™s path collided with her maturing thoughts and questions.
â€śShe just kept crying and said she was scared that she was going to grow up and have a beard and a hairy chest and everybody would know she was born a boy,â€ť said Kathryn.
Her parents hoped kindergarten would help her start her new life.
For over a year she attended school as a girl. She blossomed until January when things changed, â€śBecause the school is just being mean to me,â€ť Coy said.
â€śThey told us our options were to use the nurseâ€™s bathroom, the boyâ€™s bathroom or the staff bathroom,â€ť her mom said.
The family has taught Coy thatâ€™s unacceptable.
â€śThe nurseâ€™s bathroom is just for people that are sick,â€ť she said.
Days later Jeremy and Kathryn started home-schooling their children.
They say while the school may know a lot about teaching reading writing and arithmetic, they know very little about teaching tolerance.
â€śTheyâ€™re creating a giant divide and thatâ€™s a huge loss for the school because they have a really good opportunity for their students. Theyâ€™re using it as a way to discriminate instead,â€ť Kathryn said.
The Fountain/Fort Carson school district declined to comment on this story since the family intends to pursue legal action.
The Mathisâ€™ attorney, Michael Silverman, says this case will be a big test for Coloradoâ€™s Anti-Discrimination act and how it affects transgender students.