RAYTOWN, Mo. (KMBC) - Parents of students at an elementary school in Missouri got a letter informing them a student previously known as a boy will now be recognized as a girl.
The letter went out to parents at Robinson Elementary School in the Kansas City, Missouri area. It said a male student who was known as "Adam" returned to school as a female with a preferred name of "Jasmine." The letter asked students and parents to treat everyone at school as they would want to be treated.
Some parents said the age of the child was surprising. Some Kansas City-area experts in transgender issues also weighed in. they said having very young people raise questions about their gender may be rare, but it's not unheard of.
"This is not about who you want to be. This is what you are," said Caroline Gibbs, spokeswoman for the Transgender Institute. "As we discussed a moment ago, this is a genetic, medical condition, hardwired. One is born with it."
A counselor who works with gay and transgender youth noted that gender identity is separate from sexual orientation. Beyond the letter to parents, the school district said it had no additional comment on the situation.