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School Board Member Opposes Transgender Student Rights Unless There is 'Castration' (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Katherine Svenson, a member of the Delta County School Board in Delta, Colo., shocked her fellow board members in October with a remark about the rights of transgender students.

"Massachusetts and California have passed laws relating to calling a student, irrespective of his biological gender, letting him perform as the gender he thinks he is, or she is," said Svenson during the meeting.

"I just want to emphasize, not in this district," added Svenson. "Not until the plumbing is changed. There would have to be castration in order to pass something like that around here."

In response to the controversy, Svenson told NewsChannel 5 (video below): "One of the board members said that she had gotten comments from my district, that the people are very unhappy with me commenting, they're very abashed about what I said."

"I don't have a problem if some boys think they are girls, I'm just saying as long as they can impregnate a woman, they're not going to go in girls locker-room," added Svenson.

Svenson says she brought the issue up because of an article in the Education Reporter about a transgender rights law in California, which allows students to use a bathroom based on self-identified rather than biological gender.

Assistant school superintendent Kurt Clay disagrees with Svenson.

"We truly believe in Delta County School District, that every student has different needs, and that we are here to address those individual needs," Clay told NewsChannel 5.

The issue in Colorado may already be decided.

According to TransgenderLegal.org, back in June, the Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled that Coy Mathis, 6, was allowed to use the girls bathroom at his school. Coy is biologically a boy, but identifies himself as a girl.

His parents sued his school in Fountain, Colo. after school administrators told him that he was not allowed to use the girls’ bathroom, identifying him by his genitalia.

Sources: NewsChannel 5 and TransgenderLegal.org