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Angry mom wants harassment of transgender child to stop

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

MARENGO, Ohio — An Ohio mother says her 9-year-old transgender child is being harassed on social media and she wants it to stop.

Emily LeVan tells WBNS-TV that her daughter was physically born male, but identifies as female. Last week, after legally changed her daughter’s name to Keat, she posted it to Facebook.

“I was celebrating it because it was a big step for us, and a couple of people took it upon themselves to berate me for it,” she said.

LeVan said that some parents of Keat’s classmates at Highland Elementary School in Morrow County, had written derogatory messages, including “I am terribly ticked that the parents are allowed to send their boy to school as a girl and put him in this embarrassing situation” and “This is child abuse!”

Keat said that when she began transitioning last year, she was also teased by classmates.

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School superintendent Bill Dodds confirmed Keat’s accounts of bullying and says they address it immediately and have a zero tolerance policy for that type of behavior.

“It’s disgusting,” said Dodds, “we don’t accept it and we won’t accept it,” he said.

LeVan said she hopes the community will one day be as supportive as school officials.

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  1. damn right it should stop

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:06pm
  2. How could anyone adult or child pick on another child.Get um mom make them regret it

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:07pm
  3. Angry Mom? Why paint her in a bad light. I think it should be “Dedicated Loving Mother”

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:08pm
  4. I would be beyond anger....enraged - anger is not in and of itself wrong - how one expresses one's anger may be right or wrong

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:13pm
  5. Oh I wasn't saying she shouldn't be angry... of course she should be angry. I just think it's a vague description that like says she's angry for no reason. Actually I don't really know what I meant by this anymore

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:15pm
  6. Coming from the POV of a journalist, headlines are often edited for space rather than the perfect diction.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:17pm
  7. That is true.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:17pm
  8. I see your point, Zain and I agree.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:19pm
  9. zain if the boy was not dressing like a girl he wouldn't be getting bullied . its his parents fault for letting him dress like a girl . and no im not some straight person hating. ive been a lesbian for 30 yrs and i still do not agree to let a child dress opposite of his sex

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 9:42pm
  10. little girls wear pants and sweats isnt that percieved as masculine? just saying

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 10:00pm
  11. Uh, Mona...what if it was a girl dressing in boys' clothes? Let's her you denounce that as strongly.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 10:01pm
  12. so why does the child have to live a lie till he/she is 18? Mona Waddell? WHY CANT they have the right to dress as they choose or play with barbies instead of g.i. joe? why does this little boy/girl have less rights to be, and dress, who and how he is supposed to be than you having the right to marry your partner? mega super huge high five to the mum and any other parent involved in letting this little boy be who he was ment to be.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:28pm
  13. transgender is more then dressing in the opposite clothing..transgender is feeling like you're trapped in the wrong body..this little girl feels like shes trapped..yes shes young..but that doesnt mean she doesnt know how shes feeling...im 30 now and ive known ive been transgender since i was 4...i may not of known the word..and when i was a kid it wasnt really an option..but i knew the feeling of being trapped in the wrong body.

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:10am
  14. I do understand you, Nick.I´ve been there too ( but with one difference in the outcome ). I´m going on 54 and even though I finally came to achieve the adaptation to this body (with minor adjustments) four years ago - after decades of intense suffering - my brain still responds in quite feminine ways in many situations. I also realized, after this complete adaptation, that I had actually never really wanted to be something else : I just couldn´t help feeling this poignant incongruence between my brain and my body.I´m the kind of person who does not conceive even the idea of piercing an ear and it would often baffle me that absurd drive to want a sex change!These antagonic feelings led me to try by all means possible and find ways out of this situation and I found the answer in adopting lighter forms of androgyny and learning to harmonize my feminine and masculine aspects each day,learning about human nature and my own condition in itself.It´s a never-ending process but a beautiful one!

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:06am
  15. For all you close minded people, LGBT STAND UP!!!!!!

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 9:36am
  16. Mona, you are a part if the problem. Thanks for adding to the hate. I don't care if y you are the lesbian to end all lesbians. You do not get to decide who deserves to get bullied. I suppose now that you got your civil liberties, screw anybody else, yeah?

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:58pm
  17. cool thing about facebook is you can unfriend @$$holes.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:08pm
  18. the mm definitely needs to get rid of those “friends” on fb!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:09pm
  19. Start making parents and schools accountable for these actions !!!!!! Get ‘me Mom !!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:09pm
  20. Yayy you go mom… :)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:09pm
  21. People think children have no say in who they are. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:10pm
  22. Transgender child? Dafuq is that shit? Why would anyone do that to a child?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:10pm
  23. Its not the parents choice. The child feels how they feel. Why would anyone let you say that? Wait... you did it yourself.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:11pm
  24. Johnny go do some reading, there's plenty of literature, also - check your priveledge, Or else you may sound like a fucking spoon.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:15pm
  25. "May sound"? He's there and immersed with the rest of the dishes.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:18pm
  26. transgender is not a parent saying I whish I had a girl or boy or a girl or boy wanting to be the other gender. it is a child feeling trapped in body that is not their own. these kids know they are the gender they present as at the same ingrained level as any other boy or girl and they happen to be lucky enough to have parents that hear them and listen and the best they can to help.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:19pm
  27. Well you see, due to the identity centres of the child's brain (which govern self-awareness, self-image and the neurological body map) having developed in utero as female, the child understands herself as female. She is very lucky to have parents who accept this a a natural biological outcome of human gestation as opposed to being born to someone like you who would (based on your comments) make her life a living hell. That's what "Dafuq"it is.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:40pm
  28. transgenderism is not a choice,just like being gay or lesbian or bisexual..you must know that GENDER IDENTITY is way different from SEXUAL PREFERENCE. Just accept that this world you're living in is a diverse world.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:53pm
  29. The fact that you think it was done TO the child shows a frightening lack of a brain....

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:49pm
  30. Thank God she has parents that love her and support her. This is not a choice. She was born this way. Please educate yourself. Thanks.

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:18am
  31. So glad the school is being supportive, even if those awful parents aren’t.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:10pm
  32. if she says shes a girl then SHES A F***ING GIRL! this is a great mom&dad and shes very lucky to have them. <3 heart goes out!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:11pm
  33. Good for her mom! They have my support!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:14pm
  34. Johnny Kinney you’re a dumb shit. You don’t “do” that too a child, the child realized they were not the gender they were born as.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:15pm
  35. Dedicated Loving Mother is Appropriately Protective…Parent shocked by bigotry…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:15pm
  36. Stop the hate!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:15pm
  37. it’s not child abuse to let your child be who they are. the abuse is lashing out at a freaking child on the internet.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:15pm
  38. Being raised to become your own person, to truly be yourself does everything for a kids self esteem. There is always going to be bullies and pieces of shit who feel the need to pick on the "fag" or the "freak" but we are better than that because we embrace ourselves and we are who we are. The bullies are uneducated and self hateful obviously if they must terrorize someone to make themselves feel better. They are absolutely bloody savages and people like that should be locked away and the key thrown away.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:59pm
  39. Why can’t people stop making ridiculous judgements and start getting on with loving and living

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:16pm
  40. We are who we are, and should not let others determine this for us x

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:17pm
  41. Beautiful child. What a shame that so many are so blind.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:18pm
  42. Laura Ferguson it was a typo…. it was supposed to be male

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:18pm
  43. As a transgendered individual yes it can be difficult… Hats off to you mom! And Keat, you are one brave girl! So happy to hear that you can live your life NOW at such a young age… Wonderful parents for listening to your child…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:20pm
  44. I live about an hour from where this family lives. Want them to know I understand how hard it is to be “different” in a small Ohio town and bless the mama for being a wonderful mom and supporting her beautiful little girl!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:21pm
  45. I wish other communities had mentoring like mine does. My son has the guidance of (vetted) trans adults to help him through high school through local outreach programs, and also has the full support of school staff at age 15. I never would have dreamed that the level of acceptance we have was possible, and I hope that comes to pass for this family, too. Get ‘em, Mom!

    That said, my son still gets bullied, but has a great support system in place. So far. (Still in fear; we know the risks a FtM kid faces.)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:21pm
  46. How am i dumb? Thats a disgusting thing to do to a child

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:23pm
  47. dumb is giving you a compliment, ignorant is more accurate

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:37pm
  48. You may not be dumb, but it seems that at the very least you are wholly ignorant of the decades worth of peer reviewed scientific research in the fields of neurology, endocrinology and genetics which show how and why people who are neurologically intersex develop.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:44pm
  49. No, YOU are disgusting for thinking her Mom is "doing" anything other then letting her child be who she is,and accepting her unconditionally....

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:39pm
  50. You're dumb because you think that it's something done TO the child rather than something done BY the child!

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:48pm
  51. You can choose to educate yourself on what it is to be trans or you can wallow in ignorance and bigotry, the choice is yours.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:15pm
  52. I know that town. I’m surprised they haven’t been physically threatened. Central Ohio is a dreadful place to be LGBT.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:23pm
  53. The only people abusing this lil girl are the bullies. Good for her family and the school

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:23pm
  54. what a good mom :)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:23pm
  55. good for her & her child!! more parents should explain this struggle to their children… its horrible Identity Crisis!! My child believes that GOD bares us the way we are inside — outside has nothing to do with how we should view one another… the body dies but the soul remains and love has no physical it is just energy and needs to shared and grow… I wish someone would say something to me about a transgender child I would slap the stupid out of them the key word***CHILD***!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:23pm
  56. I can’t get MY autocorrect to turn any misspelling into “Mare,” but I’ll give the benefit of the doubt. The mom deserves mad props for allowing her child to be who she is and for standing up against the ignorant to protect her beautiful child.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:24pm
  57. Stand up for yourself and your child. Some of the comments I have read prove how ignorant some people are. Let this child grow up as she feels. Some people will never try to understand, but there are plenty who do understand. Just encourage your child to stand strong and to not be concerned with the people who try to play God. They are idiots.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:24pm
  58. Why can’t people just accept her for who she is? Adults are the worst bullies…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:24pm
  59. @Johnny…… -.-

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:24pm
  60. How in the fuck are you supposed to know if that kid is really going to want to be that later in life? Just like these stupid ass parents gauging their kids ears and getting them tattoos

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:24pm
  61. Johnny start using your brain, this child is using her brain! Thats how she knows who she is! Do you know who you are?

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:36pm
  62. Transphobic are not welcome here

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:39pm
  63. Did you seriously just compare this to tats and piercings??Your a special kind of stupid aren't you?

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:45pm
  64. The bullying definitely must stop.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:26pm
  65. Well, if she changes her mind, she has the right to do that. What’s it to you?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:26pm
  66. Johnny, that child knows how she feels NOW . She doesn’t have to wait. Her parents know this. It’s people like you who have doubts because you don ‘t even want to understand. I really feel sorry for People who think like you do!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:29pm
  67. I do honestly believe that even at that young of an age, a child has a pretty strong sense of who and what they are. I am glad to see her mother is allowing her to be herself, and is not trying to tell her to deny who she is.

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:47am
  68. Jennifer Dixon..check this out..:-)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:30pm
  69. Someone in these comments sounds transphobic. Wonder who that could be…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:31pm
  70. Johnny Kinney, lets see you have a child and be unsupportive, lose them, only to end up hating yourself for not being a parent. That’s exactly what will happen with that piss poor attitude.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:33pm
  71. You people are crazy, kids go through emotional changes all the time. But anyway i still support gay rights and you are all entitled to your opinions as am i. Good day

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:33pm
  72. Well hopefully you will open your mind, learn the science and become a supporter of trans rights as well gay rights.

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:19pm
  73. Gay rights =/= transgender rights. Please educate yourself about transgender people. Gender is not the same as sexual orientation.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:36pm
  74. And before someone misunderstands my comment, I support both lgbt rights and trans rights. I’m just aware they aren’t always the same.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:40pm
  75. Lol im not ignorant, if they wanna be a different gender they can do it on their own

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:40pm
  76. >_< Johnny the child is doing this on her own. Her parents aren’t forcing this on her, they support her. There’s a difference.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:43pm
  77. To force a child to live or be something they do not feel is child abuse, accepting your child for who they are and who they feel that they are in the core of thier soul that is being a parent

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:43pm
  78. And the more you comment, the more you show your ignorance on trans issues. Once again, please educate yourself.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:44pm
  79. Oh shut up and grow up.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:48pm
  80. Johnny, gender identity isn’t like anything else. It’s not like how kids want to be an astronaut one day and a cop the next. Her brain, the part of her that presides over all else, understands that she is female. NOW you can say you’re not ignorant, because of the brave folks who are patiently explaining this to you…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:48pm
  81. No se elige ni ser gay ni ser transexual… se siente que lo eres. Y punto.
    Si esa niña nació con cuerpo de chico y sus padres están luchando por su felicidad hay que apoyarles.
    Muy bien por el superintendente. No hay que aceptar el acoso escolar.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:56pm
  82. You know what you guys are absolutely right. Sorry for expressing my opinion

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:56pm
  83. No worries, that's the great thing about public forums like this. You expressed an opinion that you formed without any actual knowledge about the subject which you were opining on, learned something about the subject from people's responses, realized that your opinion was hurtful and unscientific, then reconsidered your opinion and apologized for it. Good on you! :)

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:18pm
  84. This is great. More parents need to take a cue from this mom.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:57pm
  85. It makes my heart happy to see that more and more trans children are being accepted and supported, not only by their families, but also by their communities! (RIP Gwen Araujo… You were born too soon! ) O;-)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:58pm
  86. Good for this mom!! If more parents were this accepting and supportive we would have less child/teen age suicides..

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:59pm
  87. She is a beautiful child. Let her be the way she is. And congrats to you mom for standing up for her. People don’t understand that’s it’s not a choice it’s just how you are. And these people saying child abuse need to zip it. What if it was your child?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:00pm
  88. Kids get ridiculed at school for any and everything these days, they don’t need it at home too! I will always support my kids personal decisions!! <3 -mother of an 8 and 10 year old.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:01pm
  89. they gonna cut his weener of too before he even hits puberty?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:03pm
  90. The levels of ignorance astound me...Did you really just make that statement?Really?

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:47pm
  91. And learn to spell.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:48pm
  92. Actually, the only time transsex females get their weeners cut off (to use your childish vernacular), is when they are denied treatment and self-mutilate. The actual surgical transition process does not involve cutting anything off, but rather using the penis and scrotum (grown-up words) as the material for the vagioplasty & labiaplasty. And that is almost never done before 18.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:08pm
  93. Well since they clearly cut out your BRAIN before you posted....

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:50pm
  94. Unfortunately they feel that they are a mistake, they feel that god doesn’t love them. I’m a proud gay Christian and I try to help all of the struggling lgbt youth in the small town I live in. God loves you and made you how you are for a reason. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, they are wrong! God loves all of his children. As for the bullies, I pray they learn acceptance before they hurt someone. Bullies generally lack peace in their own mind, and many homophobic bullies are in the closet. Coming from a future United Church of Christ minister :)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:04pm
  95. Many blessings to you. :)

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:49pm
  96. thank you :) same to you :)

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:56pm
  97. If treating a transgender child as the gender which they identify as is considered child abuse then I’m a masochist. Sorry to say but the people this woman is having to put up with are uneducated dolts which is sadly saying a lot since the person who they quoted such comments from was from the educational system. What’s the words I’m looking for here… oh right, learn some effing sensitivity training if you work under the educational system so shit like this doesn’t occur as often as it seems these days. My regards to the mother and her DAUGHTER. I hope this bullshit passes over for them and they can move on with their lives.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:10pm
  98. Humans never cease to disappoint. I hope Keat doesn’t listen to them and is able to be the fabulous person she was always meant to be. <3

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:16pm
  99. Sadly, about the only way to do this is to limit the child’s exposure to social media. The internet is no place for kids.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:16pm
  100. I don’t think I’ve ever had more respect for a mother I’ve never met. This is beautiful, this little girl deserves a life of happiness and love.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:19pm
  101. i understand shouldnt be harassed but why is a 9 yr old child on social media!!?? I don’t get why her parents would let their 9 yr old child on social media… Im sorry but that’s way to young to on social medias

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:20pm
  102. She isn't. It was her mothers account. Also, media is the plural of medium, one can not further pluralize it.

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:21pm
  103. That’s really rotten of people to harasse her because of who she is. She looks like a pretty Girl to me.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:22pm
  104. Sadly it will never happen

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:23pm
  105. why post to facebook? social media is an open forum so be prepared for response good or bad. i feel the mother put her daughter in a position she should not have (social media) at this young age.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:25pm
  106. Stand Proud Be Lud

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:28pm
  107. Anyone else think Johnny Kinney is a moron?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:29pm
  108. If you don’t have anything positive to say Johnny Kinney then don’t comment.
    This is a area of support not arm chair psychology.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:31pm
  109. Betty Hodge, do some resesrch, they dont cut it off, they remove the head to make a ‘clitoris’ and invert the rest into the void behind the testicular sack to make a psuedo vagina

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:32pm
  110. Okay….to go further in detail, gay =/= trans =/= intersex. Gender identity, sexual orientation, and physical sexual development are all different natural traits that happen to intersect in various individual ways. And sexual orientation may or may not seem to change with transitioning, because sometimes it is actually on a vector of same/different (i.e., literally & constantly homosexual vs. heterosexual) and sometimes it is actually set to a particular gender preference (gynophilia vs. androphilia). And these of course can be broad or narrow orientations – bisexual trans people do exist.

    Whether or not someone who is born intersex /also/ chooses to self-define themself as transgender in eventual gender presentation and community association is up to them, but they are generally recognized to be two different causes, with the primary shared trait being activism that children have the right to not be forced into sex/gender categories against their will/without their consent….in the case of visibly-intersex babies, this means resisting pressure to operate on them and medicate them for the purposes of normalizing them socially, while trans activism supports the further right of individuals to assert themselves and transition socially+physically from wherever they are in neonatal assignment once they have developed self-awareness of their authentic gender identity – which again, may or may not be as clearcut as typically assumed in binary terms, and which may develop more intensely or fluctuate over time. There is no reason why a person can’t have all these factors coincide in maximum degree: be born intersex and identify as pansexual and genderqueer, shifting subtly-or-not in gender presentation (as happens with any/all people in precisely how we choose to dress and appear to others) from day to day.

    The pressing question by now should not be whether these conditions are all naturally real, but how we as a society are willing to deal with reality. Unfortunately there is a lot of paranoia and sloppy thinking (most of it due to literalist religiosity) holding back our own general social development here on all three of these fronts, not to mention the suspicion since time immemorial of any individual self-expression that varies with going societal standards. To assert one’s personal+individual identity against categorical expectations is always a revolutionary act.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:34pm
  111. That’s people in morrow county for ya. Just as backwards and hickish as they get here. My grandmother lived in Fulton for thirty years, and you would not believe the narrow minded dolts we found . Many of the folks were nice, but there is always a handful that just have to display their ignorance like a badge of honor.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:35pm
  112. it’s truely sad when someone adult or child picks on a child

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:39pm
  113. Erica Leuellen did you read the article fully? Her mom posted a picture on her fb after they legally changed the child’s name. She was being harassed by parents of other students.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:41pm
  114. Under the circumstances, she has every right to be angry.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:46pm
  115. I wish ALL parents would love their children unconditionally and accept them as WHO they are.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:49pm
  116. I think it’s pitiful the way people refuse to educate themselves. It is even WORSE when they try to drag God into the drama, and hatred that they spread. Now they want to drag little children in..kicking and screaming to “teach” them the hate, ignorance, and self loathing that THEY feel for them and others like them. SHAME ON THEM ALL! MUCH LOVE TO ALL THAT SPREAD THE LOVE AND EDUCATION!♥♥♥♥

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:52pm
  117. What an amazing mom and a beautiful daughter!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:56pm
  118. I think this is all fine and dandy as long as she’s not starting any hormone therapy until she is at least 16 and had some time to think about the social consequences of living a transgender life. I’m not saying In any way it’s wrong to be transgender just that it’s a lot harder then most things and she needs to be fully aware of that and her self before she makes any life changing decisions.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:57pm
  119. There are guidelines and regulations. She just can't start hormones. And she would be put on blockers first.

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:20am
  120. give this child a break. Its hard enough for her/him to figure out which sex he/she wants to be

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:00pm
  121. How long will it take until people stop being judgemental…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:10pm
  122. what a wonderful, loving and supportive home Keat lives in. it’s hard enough being a kid, trying to figure out where you fit in… to live in a home where you are encouraged to be uniquely you is awesome!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:12pm
  123. Good for her! Way to go mom.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:28pm
  124. agree this is such a bad lead into this story- loving mom- would be best

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:39pm
  125. Ok, how is it child abuse? They aren’t harming the child in any way…

    Ignorant brats

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:45pm
  126. Emily, good for you!!! You stand up beside your daughter and you let her know that there are millions more of us standing right there beside you both!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:51pm
  127. I am very Proud of this Lady and the little girl. No one knows what it is like growing up in the wrong body unless you experience it first hand. It is pure hell!!! Thank GOD her mother listened to her. Everyone else should just keep there mouths and mind out others business. I am appalled that someone would say this is child abuse, the little Girl is happy being who she really is and you can see it. Thank You Emily for having the courage to bring your Daughter up right. May GOD BLESS You and Keat.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:16pm
  128. Grats to mom for standing with her daughter. It makes a HUGE difference to have your family for support.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:24pm
  129. I’m happy to see that the school is backing up the mom and putting their foot down and making it known that they have a zero tolerance policy for bullying of any kind

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:25pm
  130. Do her a favor, and GET OUT of OHIO!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:49pm
  131. Get your child off social media, what the fuck. There is a reason you put in your age on websites such as Facebook, and it’s because there is a cavalcade of unsafe shit on the internet, including unsafe people. Transgender or not, please be on the internet with your kids when they get on, parents. It’s not a safe little playground.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:56pm
  132. am shocked how anyone dares to bully them and kuddos to the district for supporting them, life is hard as it is to have outside people coming and making it harder, let people live happily ps- am so pleased this child so strong to say “none of your business” she’s so cute & brave, her mom raised her well and is just following what make child comfortable

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 9:39pm
  133. Supportive Mother*
    Mother of the Year*
    Worlds Best Mom*

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 9:42pm
  134. People like that make me sick… Seriously, this is a nine year old child we’re talking about. What makes these bigots think it’s okay to victimize a child?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 9:47pm
  135. You go Mona Waddell

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 9:50pm
  136. Personally it is none of anyone’s bussiness, i agree with the womans choice to let her child express how they feel. If her child wants to identify as a girl then that’s their choice. Parents are supossed to encourage their children to be themselves, not tear them down. I hate how close minded people are with these situations. Society sucks and i bet if the story read “Angry mom disowned son for being transgender” everyone would be calling her a bad mother and say heartless shit. So what does society want ? Stop hating people for what you do not understand.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 9:57pm
  137. My son identifies as a boy and gets mistaken for a girl. I let my son decide what gender he wants to be. Same goes for sexual orientation. I love my kids as long as they’re not psycho serial killers.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 10:01pm
  138. True, anyone with a soul should be devastated at this kind of treatment.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 10:05pm
  139. No one should harrass anyone for being who they feel they are. God bless this child.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 10:21pm
  140. the issue ain’t about transgender this or that…it’s about a mom drawing a healthy line and saying….go ahead punk, make my day…pick on my kid one more time and it’ll be the last thing you’ll ever do….most of the mothers I know would do the same thing when their babies (transgendered or not) are being harmed….

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 10:22pm
  141. Ha ,Ha ,Ha ,!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 10:34pm
  142. What a great mom for supporting her child !!! Spread love and knowledge to our younger children for a better tomorrow

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 10:35pm
  143. what a cutie pie ! :)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:01pm
  144. This parent it doing it right! :)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:11pm
  145. People bully others to make themselves feel more important, superior, powerful & so on, & to deny importance, status & power to others. To bully, for whatever reason, is to advertise to the World that one has crushing feelings of being inadequate !! Get help !! Grow up !! Be happy & let others be happy !!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:31pm
  146. I just watched the news interview on the link. What a wonderful and brave little girl! And it warms my heart that she has supportive adults in her life at home and at school.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:58pm
  147. let male be male, keep ti str8

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:34am
  148. I’d be ready to chase people down

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:17am
  149. I hope things smooth out for poor Keat! Bullying for any reason is horrid.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:18am
  150. Mona Waddell, your sftatement that she wouldn’t be tormented if she would just dress like a boy shows your complete ignorance of transgender issues. As a boy she would have been attacked more frequently and more violently as a “sissy” because she would have been forced to play with boys under little supervision. Read my book “Debbie’s secret life to get a sense of the experience.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:20am
  151. Mona knows exactly what the difference is. After all, she isn't a hater, but a member of the LGBTQ community ....

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:06pm
  152. We’ve made a lot of progress in this country regarding the acceptance of alternative lifestyles, but unfortunately we still have a long way to go when it comes to tolerance. Kids get teased for everything under the sun, from their names to their appearance, what music they listen to, who they hang out with. I’m not surprised that a transgendered child is getting cyber bullied. Maybe social media isn’t the right medium for a 9 year old with gender issues to tell the world about changing his name to fit his gender identity. Or the parent needs to monitor who receives the child’s posts and block those who are offensive.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:21am
  153. You kept spelling 'her' wrong ;)

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:28pm
  154. HATERS SUCK!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:24am
  155. Then get your 9 year old off social media??? Why does a 9 year old need a facebook or twitter account?

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:03am
  156. Sending love to your family.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:09am
  157. Poor sweetie kids can be so mean and sadly it doesn’t stop with kids! My prayers are with your family. If you’re ever in so cal and need a family friend my family is available

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:16am
  158. I would think being able to come out as transgender as soon as a child recognizes the need must be like learning a language as a child – it is more normal. All the habits and characteristics are internalized, instead of having to be learned. It is language immersion for the selfhood of the person.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:23am
  159. Ignorant People!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:40am
  160. transgener, unchallenged who cares…the child is a child …what shithead puts that kind of pressure on a young kid? STOP IT!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:51am
  161. I’m pangender- as a child I wanted to be a boy very, very badly- but as an adult I was relieved to find my androgynous personality can make it without surgery. Think her mom will adopt a 31 year old?

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:00am
  162. The kid’s as screwed up as the (Mom?0

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:01am
  163. Good for her to have a great supportive mommy! You go mom!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:19am
  164. She has every right to be angry. God be with you both.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:55am
  165. Wonderful little girl. I wish her the best.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 4:04am
  166. Don’t listen to other people follow your heart and intuition and stand strong by your child and support your child all the way end of story

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 4:47am
  167. Being a “Dedicated Loving Mother” is what gives her a right to be angry.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 4:54am
  168. She is a real mom in 2013. So proud of her!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 4:59am
  169. Beautiful heart on that little girl… Keep strong and know that there are people who really care….

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:06am
  170. …and you wonder why kids are bullies…”teach your children well”. Such ignorance, it is unbelievable. Wonderful that the little girl has such loving parents.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:23am
  171. What a beautiful little girl. I have a daughter that is 8. She is a Cis-female…but as a mother, I am proud to see this child’s mother doing what is best for her daughter’s happiness.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:45am
  172. she’s ugly lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:59am
  173. I suppprt that mother. There is always going to be haters, and if this had been me…especially in the school i was most at…that town of mine wouldnt have been so forgiving. Let her identify as she wishes, stifling a child only creates resentment.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:00am
  174. I hate to say it but they’ll probably ask her to take her child out of school, because if the parents are acting like this the kids will be even worse. I feel really bad for this lil girl :( school will suck for her always

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:02am
  175. Coolest mom of the year goes to….

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:16am
  176. “Man who leaves money outside in Detroit wants theft to stop.”

    The parent in question genuinely needed to consider the possible outcome of coaching such behavior.

    Average young boy: “Mom I wanna be a pirate in space.”
    Average parent: “Piracy is bad, and we don’t have a rocket. You are silly. Lets go rock climbing and bring your friends.”

    Third-Wave young boy: “I wanna be a princess like princess peach.”
    Third-Wave feminist parent: “You’re such a good girl, lets get you makeup. Let all your friends know about your new gender. They will accept you for who you are and they are evil bigots if they voice any complaint.”

    Before anyone comments on my comment– No, not religious in the slightest. No, not socially conservative in the slightest. I have genuine issues with some of the baseless (biological, philosophical, psychological, and sociological) assumptions associated with third wave feminism.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:26am
  177. One does not have to be religious or a social conservative to be a cissexist. Also, pretty sure the mostly male scientists who have written decades of peer reviewed studies showing the neurological, endocrinal and genetic causes of transsex development were third wave feminists.

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:27pm
  178. Well then…you’re just ignorant, James Lairson.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:37am
  179. She shouldnt be on facebook anyway, and u can limit who ur friend is anyway!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:48am
  180. Too young and vulnerable! Annoying

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:49am
  181. I’m glad that things have really changed since I’ve been in grade school. Thank goodness!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 11:22am
  182. She’s 9. She doesn’t need to be on social media. Also, homeschooling is an option. Parents need to raise good kids, and being a bully is normally a learned behavior. Asshole parents raise asshole kids.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 11:48am
  183. Great mother. Be proud. And u should be mad!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:16pm
  184. go get them it is a child to cherish

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:20pm
  185. I’d like cameras in the faces of the people harassing this kid. I want their names published, their employers informed, and I’d like everyone in the peanut gallery to feel free to express their personal opinion about haters ganging up on children.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:39pm
  186. Up close and personal. Every day. In perpetuity until they drink a nice cup of STFU.

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:40pm
  187. Nothing wrong with being who you are Ever. I wish you all the best of luck in life. Don’t let the haters keep you down. Life is to short for that.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:13pm
  188. people are cruel :/

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:03pm
  189. God bless you Keat…

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:08pm
  190. I seen this on the news. This child even says “last year I was a boy now I’m a girl” the teachers watch and let the students pick on her! She’s a child expressing her self.
    Glad she has high spirits and is happy!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:09pm