Two employees at a day care center near Katy, Texas, said that they were fired after they voiced disagreement and concern with being told to start referring to a 6-year-old girl as a boy.
Madeline Kirksey, an author and the manager of the Children's Lighthouse Learning Center, said she and her staff were told on the week of Nov. 2 that a 6-year-old-student was transgender, and that they were to begin calling the girl a boy, with a boy's name, reports Fox 26.
Kirksey claims that after hearing the news from school administrators, she suggested informing parents. Instead of taking this route, school administrators reportedly gave staff members a handout to refer to if any students had questions.
“I don't think we should be talking to other people's children who are under the age of 18 about being transgender,” Kirksey said in an interview.
The new situation created confusion for both staff members and students.
“One day, she wanted to be a girl, the next day she wanted to be a boy," Kirksey said. "The other kids are confused as well, calling her a boy and she would start screaming, 'I'm not a boy!'”
Kirksey says she and another staff member were fired after repeatedly bringing up the issue to school administrators. Her termination letter reportedly includes a reprimand for not telling a worker to leave a game room, and also states that, "When requested by parent and management to call a transgender child by the child's new name, Madeline does not follow instructions."
Kirksey plans to file a lawsuit on behalf of herself and the other fired worker, according to Click 2 Houston. She has hired a well-known Houston area attorney, Andy Taylor, to represent her.
"Madeline has paid the price for standing her ground in defense of all her children at Children's Lighthouse," said Taylor. "This has gotten out of control and now this dedicated experienced child care worker has been wrongfully terminated. That will not stand."