McIntosh County Georgia Schools: Allow my transgender son to use a safe restroom at school!
  • Petitioned Mr. Dwight A Jordan

This petition was delivered to:

Mr. Dwight A Jordan
Mr. Harold Webster
Mr. Joseph Maulden
Mrs. Holly Boone
Mr. Ronald Young

McIntosh County Georgia Schools: Allow my transgender son to use a safe restroom at school!

    1. Tommy Theollyn
    2. Petition by

      Tommy Theollyn

      Townsend, GA

All students-- regardless of age, race, ethnicity, ability, size, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, and gender identity-- have to use the bathroom. Logically, it follows that all students need safe and appropriate access to bathroom  facilities in school settings.

Today I was forced to withdraw my child from school because Dr. Hunter, the superintendent of our county school, refused to allow him to use the bathroom safely. My child is transgender; put simply this means he looks like and identifies as a boy, but has the body parts assigned to girls. Forcing him to use a bathroom that does not match his presentation effectively discloses his status as a transgender child and thus endangers him.

Instead of responding to my concern for safety, Dr. William Hunter informed me of his intent to call Child Protection Services. He insists that my child should have to use the girl's bathroom, regardless of the social, emotional, and potentially physical repercussions that this is likely to bring. He additionally refuses to allow the use of a unisex bathroom typically reserved for staff.

I ask you to join me in asserting the right for all children to attend school and access school services safely and appropriately. My child very much wants to go to school and interact with other children at a normal school setting. He deserves the same opportunities that any child in this county should have. Please support us in asking Dr. Hunter and the Board of Education for McIntosh County Schools to recognize his right to equal access to education.

To:
Mr. Dwight A Jordan
Mr. Harold Webster
Mr. Joseph Maulden
Mrs. Holly Boone
Mr. Ronald Young
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Dr. William A Hunter, Superintendent of McIntosh County Schools.

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Allow transgender children in McIntosh County to use bathrooms safely.

Safe access to bathrooms and other school facilities should be guaranteed to all students, period.
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Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. 7-year-old transgender student petitions Georgia school board

      Tommy Theollyn
      Petition Organizer

      The superintendent speaks! He did initially speak in a threatful manner, but am I sad to hear him recant? NO! (But who calls CPS for school advice? I offered TYFA as mediators, and he said that he needed a court order.)

    2. Family Petitions McIntosh County Schools

      Tommy Theollyn
      Petition Organizer

      A respectful representation of the Board Meeting, which my family and I appreciate. Response from the board pending.

    3. Georgia school denies use of boy's bathroom to transgender child

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Christian Boone wrote a thoughtful article about Tommy's son and the need for him to have safe access to a restroom at school.

    4. Reached 40,000 signatures
    5. Almost 40,000 signatures!

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Can you help Tommy help his son by reaching 40,000 signatures? Share Tommy's petition with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and via email. Thanks!

    6. Reached 30,000 signatures
    7. We are almost at 20,000 signatures!

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Keep it up. You are helping Tommy show the school board how much support he has to provide safe access to a restroom at school for his son.

    8. Reached 17,500 signatures
    9. The Superintendent approved my petition to be placed on the BOE agenda!

      Tommy Theollyn
      Petition Organizer

      We officially asked today to be placed on the September Board of Education meeting's agenda, and Dr. Hunter approved our request! This is a big surprise and a significant step. Now it's the Board that we need to focus on. Thank you all so much!

    10. Reached 4,000 signatures
    11. Parent wants rural school to let trans student use boys' restroom

      Tommy Theollyn
      Petition Organizer

      My request is not specifically that my son be allowed to use the boy's restroom, but that he be allowed to use any restroom that is safe. Besides that, I think this article covers the issue very well. Thank you, GA Voice!

    12. Reached 3,000 signatures
    13. More than 1,000 people signed Tom's petition in less than one day

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! More than 1,000 people signed Tom's petition in less than one day. Keep sharing Tom's petition. You are helping him, help his son.

    14. Reached 1,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kathleen Koelliker EAGLE, CO
      • almost 3 years ago

      The superintendent is the one making a mountain out of a (non-existent) molehill. It would've been so easy for the superintendent to say quietly "sure, use this bathroom over here and let's not make a big deal of it". Instead, look at the national incident he created because of his narrowmindedness. What is wrong with people?

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    • Dakota Minter ATHENS, GA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I'm an active ally on UGA's campus. I have dated a trans guy and know the hardships that they face especially when using the bathroom.

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    • Kathryn Macias ATHENS, GA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Every student has the right to feel safe at school!

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    • Joseph Pope SIERRA VISTA, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      Honestly I live in Georgia, and I sympathize with this young man. I could only imagine that if I were forced to use the women's room while I identify as a guy (I'm biologically male to be clear). I would be hurt, and my self-esteem would be lowered. This superintendent is bringing unnecessary pain and trauma into this boy's life to serve an agenda. Doesn't he have a lot better things to do, like his job, besides hassling a student and spending taxpayer money involving child protective services, in a non-matter? And as one person pointed out, gendered bathrooms were an invention of the 18th century. Talk about clinging to the past. Let's show how tolerant we are as a country (just like we love to lecture other countries and nations on tolerance).

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    • The International Longevity Alliance PACIFIC GROVE, UNITED STATES
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because I too was once a transgender minor and I would have wanted my parents to fight for me too. But they either didn't, or weren't effective when they did.

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