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ACLU proceeds with complaint against Gloucester schools

The American Civil Liberties Union last week filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department against Gloucester County Public Schools over a policy the Gloucester School Board adopted on Dec. 9.

The policy limits the use of male and female bathrooms and locker rooms to a student’s corresponding biological gender, with a provision for alternative facilities for students with gender identity issues.

The ACLU complaint was filed on behalf of Gavin Grimm, a transgender student at Gloucester High School. Grimm, who was born a female but self-identifies as a male, sought to use the male restrooms at GHS after he found the alternatives offered by the school unacceptable.

Grimm’s request led the school board to consider a policy on the matter, which passed by a 6-1 vote. The dissenting vote was cast by Kim Hensley, who said she felt the policy violated federal law and could put GCPS at risk of losing federal funding. The ACLU also urged the board to reject the policy as discr...

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