A Houston mother says she is fighting a "life or death" battle for her 4-year-old son to use the girl's bathroom in elementary school.
Kimberly Shappley says her son, who was born Joseph Paul and now answers to the name Kai, informed her that he was a girl at age 3.
“I’m a girl, you know I’m a girl,” she recalls her son telling her.
“When your 4-year-old is praying to die, you know you have to do something,” told KHOU11 TV in Houston.
“They’re not going to look at this little girl and tell her she can’t use the girl’s restroom,” Shappley said after attending a school board meeting at Pearland Independent School District (PISD).
“I’m not fighting over bathrooms. I’m fighting over her life. I’m fighting about her well-being.”
But PISD superintendent Dr. John Kelly is not moved by Shappley's hysteria.
“It has been the position of Pearland ISD administration that children whose parents declare them ‘transgender’ must go to the bathroom for the sex indicated on their birth certificate," he said. Kelly added that such children can also use the bathroom in the school nurse's office.
Kelly said he hoped "common sense answers" are provided for the 2016/17 school year when the transgender bathroom issue reaches the Supreme Court.
“In my personal opinion, this is one more example of unconstitutional interference and social engineering by the federal government. When the Supreme Court re-defined marriage and invented new constitutional rights, the door was opened for re-defining all social norms, now including executive branch dictates about bathroom and locker room rules in local schools. It is astonishing to watch the flip-flop by leaders who ten years ago strongly endorsed traditional marriage. A hostile vocal minority now rules in America aided by an apathetic, unengaged majority. What’s next? Legalizing pedophilia and polygamy? Unless we return to the Biblical basis on which our nation’s laws were established, we are in serious trouble – and cannot expect God’s continued favor.”