GRAPEVINE, Texas – A transgender Texas third-grader is making a public spectacle of withdrawing from her public school over allegations of bullying.
Chelsa Morrison, mother of transgender 8-yer-old Marilyn Morrison, told Fox 4 her son-turned-daughter enjoyed the positive attention she received recently at a Pride Parade in Dallas, but the negative attention at school has been unbearable.
“In the end, it was getting to the point that she had already lost faith,” Morrison said. “Every time she would try to go to a teacher and follow proper protocol, it always ended up in it is a misunderstanding. It got to the point that she didn’t want to go up to them anymore.”
Morrison, an activist with DFW Trans Kids and Families, removed Marilyn from Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District’s Cannon Elementary School last week over bathroom access issues, which are currently at the center of multiple federal lawsuits.
U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor granted a nationwide injunction barring the Obama administration from implementing a decree on transgender students issued by the president this spring that threatens schools with a loss in funding if they don’t allow transgender students to use whatever bathroom or locker room facilities they choose, the Texas Observer reports.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a letter to school officials in the state Aug. 25 to spell out what the judge’s injunction means, essentially explaining to school leaders that they need not comply with Obama’s decree to continue to receive federal education funds.
“Any entity that is subject to Title IX is now protected by the injunction. Because Title IX applies to all educational entities and programs that receive federal funding, entities such as colleges and universities (as well as public schools) are also protected by the injunction,” the letter read.
“Therefore, educational institutions in Texas need not change their policies regarding intimate facilities to comply with the unenforceable federal guidelines, so long as this injunction remains in place.”
Morrison told the Observer that DFW Trans Kids and Families “have very few in our group that are having issue-free school years.”
“This is brutal for our kids, and it’s all (the AG’s office’s) fault,” she said. “With all the suicides that happen, I just feel like the blood is on their freaking hands if anything happens to these kids.”
Morrison withdrew Marilyn and the family is heading to a hearing on the Texas injunction this week that is expected to clarify the scope of the court order, according to the news site.
Marilyn debuted as a girl for the first time at school this year, and the third-grader told Fox 4 she was bullied by her teacher and other students over the decision. School officials allowed Marilyn to use special bathrooms in the library and nurse’s office because she’s transgender, but Morrison alleges her daughter’s teacher intentionally embarrassed the child over the special treatment.
“It came to a point when the teachers would ask her when she asked to go to the restroom which one are you going to in front of a whole classroom full of people,” Morrison said, adding that the school also refuses to change Marilyn’s name in school records.
“It’s hard to have to speak up and out my daughter, but I don’t have a choice,” she said. “I feel like it’s the only way that I can protect her. It kills me to know the kids could be so hateful.”
“It makes me feel like I’m my old self when I was a boy,” Marilyn told Fox 4.
“I just can’t take it,” she said. “It’s too much for a kid like me.”
The family now plans to homeschool Marilyn as they continue their crusade for transgender justice.
“It has been a hard journey so far,” Marilyn said. “But I think that now that I am homeschooled, I won’t have to deal with kids bullying me.”