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Transgender First Grader can now use girls bathroom in Colorado school

Was a girl denied use of the girl’s bathroom or was a boy just given access?

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A transgender first grader just won a civil rights case in Colorado.

Coy Mathis was born a boy, but identifies as a girl. Mathis acts like a girl, dresses like a girl, and is referred to by teachers and friends with female pronouns. Yet, the fact that Mathis was born a boy created one small problem. Which bathroom can Mathis use?

Eagleside Elementary in Fountain, Co. would not allow her to use the girl’s bathroom. This seems like a logical move, since Mathis was born a boy. Yet, this also seems illogical because everyone treats Mathis like a girl. It’s complicated.

According to the Denver Post, the Mathis family filed a civil rights complaint in February. The Huffington Post said that the Mathis family raised the issue after school officials said she could only use the bathrooms in the teacher’s lounge or nurse’s office. Mathis’ parents were worried that there would be kids who would start bullying Coy.

The Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled in favor of Mathis on Monday saying the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 did indeed discriminate against Mathis. According to CNN, this is the first ruling of its kind. The first time that anyone has said transgendered kids must be treated fairly.

Coy’s mother Kathryn believes transgender kids should be allowed to express themselves. She told ABC News, “This is amazing because it is not just a win for Coy, but a win for every transgender child in the entire state. It’s amazing for all of them and their future. It lets them be who they are. They don’t have to spend their childhood being discriminated against.”

This is great for the Mathis family. However, I do not agree with this ruling. Let me make clear that I am not a fan of discrimination either. Personally, though, I do not believe a boy should be allowed in the girl’s bathroom no matter what the circumstance. If I was a parent, and had a daughter, I would not be comfortable with the thought of a boy sharing a bathroom with her.

According to ABC News, Mathis’ parents said that age 4, she complained that “something was wrong with her body”. In my opinion, Mathis’ parents should have told Coy she was actually a boy at that moment. Then, this situation may have possibly been avoided.

For now, it will probably not be a big deal. Mathis is only 6, and I doubt there will be any problems. On the other hand, it will get awkard in a couple years. As the school district said in a letter to Mathis’ attorney, “However, I’m certain that you can appreciate that as Coy gets older and his male genitals develop along with the rest of his body, at least some parents and students are likely to become uncomfortable with his continued use of the girl’s bathroom.”

John Bean just completed his junior at the University of Missouri, and expects to graduate in May 2014. John is a journalism major, and is also working on a business minor. He grew up near Chicago, and hopes to become a sportswriter someday. To answer everyone’s question, he prefers the White Sox over the Cubs. John is currently an intern for TheUrbanTwist.com.

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Prison Guards Doesn’t Notice Inmate Getting Murdered by His Cellmate

Following the conviction of one inmate for killing another in an Ontario prison four years ago, Canadian authorities have released video footage that captures the behavior of a guard and other prisoners in the moments that preceded and the moments that followed the victim’s murder.

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Following the conviction of one inmate for killing another in an Ontario prison four years ago, Canadian authorities have released video footage that captures the behavior of a guard and other prisoners in the moments that preceded and the moments that followed the victim’s murder.


On October 31, 2013, Adam Kargus, 29, was choked, punched, kicked and stomped to death in a cell. Although there is no proof that the actions of his attacker, Anthony George, 32, were detected, a recording taken from the area outside of the cell appears to show a guard walk by as the incident was unfolding. Although the video released to the public blurs it out, it is reported that investigators reviewing the footage were able to see the violence taking place through the cell window. The video then cuts to George later dragging Kargus’ bagged body out of the cell towards one of the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre’s showers, without the guards noticing.

According to an autopsy done on Kargus’ remains, he reportedly died of blunt force trauma to the head, face, and neck. George told the court that he was intoxicated off of a concoction he made out of toilet water and fermented fruit when he went on his rampage. He has been sentenced to life, but may be eligible for parole in 10 years.

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5 People Finally Arrested in 1983 Racially Motivated Murder of 23-Year-Old Black Man

The family of Timothy Coggins may finally receive justice, over three decades later.

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Suspects of a racially motivated murder of a black man 34 years ago have finally been arrested in Georgia. Frankie Gebhardt, Bill Moore Sr., Sandra Bunn, Lamar Bunn, and Gregory Huffman were all arrested in connection with the murder of Timothy Coggins. Coggins was found dead on October 9th, 1983 in Sunnyside, Georgia as a result of multiple forms of trauma. All five suspects are white.


The search for the suspects went cold until March of this year when new evidence came to light. Original witnesses were re-interviewed, which also lead to new information for the case. Police stated that many witnesses were, “living with this information since Coggins’ death but had been afraid to come forward or had not spoken of it until now.”

Frankie Gebhardt and Bill Moore were arrested and charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and concealing the death of another. Sandra Bunn. Lamar Bunn and Gregory Huffman were charged with the lesser charge of obstruction.

Coggins’ family thanked the police for re-opening the case saying, “We know that there’s been tireless nights and we know that you guys have put in so many hours making sure that these people were brought to justice…The only unfortunate part in this is that our grandparents, Timothy Coggins’ parents, are not able to see this today.”

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231 People Are Dead in Somalian Terrorist Attack

At least 231 are dead in what is now the deadliest attack in Somalia’s history.

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The death toll from the bomb blast in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu has risen to 231 with more than 200 people injured, making it the deadliest terrorist attack in Somalia’s history.


Hundreds more were wounded when a military vehicle packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel. Doctors struggled to help terribly wounded victims, many burnt beyond recognition. Officials feared the toll would continue to climb from Saturday’s truck bomb that targeted a busy street near key ministries.

Some of the victims died in their cars and in public transportation vehicles. “There was a traffic jam, and the road was packed with bystanders and cars,” a waiter at a nearby restaurant said on Saturday. “It’s a disaster.” Erdogan Hospital, one of six hospitals that received wounded victims, said at least 127 people had been brought there for treatment.

It’s not clear who staged the bombing, but Mogadishu is a known target for al-Shabab militants battling the government. President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the blast. Police official, Ibrahim Mohamed, told AFP news agency the death toll is likely to rise. “There are more than 300 wounded, some of them seriously,” he said.

The United States released a statement saying, “such cowardly attacks reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to assist our Somali and African Union partners to combat the scourge of terrorism.” The US military has also stepped up drone strikes and other efforts this year against al-Shabab.

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