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PEARLAND — As school is about to begin, one mother is taking on Pearland Independent School District asking that her transgender daughter be allowed to use the girl’s bathroom.

Kimberly Shappley made a final plea before the school boardTuesday night on behalf of her 5-year-old child.

Kai was born a boy but has been living as a girl for the past two years.  She’s set to start kindergarten in a few weeks. Currently, all students must use the bathroom associated with the gender on their birth certificate or use a private bathroom.

Shappley is fighting back.  Not just for her daughter’s right to use the girl’s bathroom but for her life.

“Please understand I’m not fighting about bathrooms, I’m fighting about her life, I’m fighting about her well-being, I’m fighting for her happiness, I’m fighting for her future,” Shappley said.

In return, Pearland ISD released the following statement:

Pearland ISD’s stance on transgender students remains children whose parents declare them transgender must go to the bathroom for the sex indicated on their birth certificate. Such students have also been allowed to use a private bathroom (such as in the nurse’s station) if they are so inclined. All Pearland ISD kindergarten classrooms have a private, gender-neutral bathroom within the classroom for student use.