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Gloucester rescinds school restroom policy

With a 5-1 vote Monday, the Gloucester County School Board rescinded its controversial 2014 policy regarding the use of school restrooms.

The policy had led to more than six years of federal litigation with a federal court ultimately finding that the guideline violated Title IX and the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

In 2014, the Gloucester High School administration was informed that a female student now identified as a male and wanted the school staff to use male pronouns when addressing the student and to allow the student to use the boys’ restrooms.

Working with school guidance counselors, the administration agreed to the changes requested. When parents and other community members learned of the arrangement, many complained privately and publicly to the school board. The complaints ultimately led the board to adopt the following resolution by a 6-1 vote:

“Whereas GCPS (Gloucester County Public Schools) recognizes that some studen...

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