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Gloucester School Board to petition Supreme Court

The Gloucester County School Board will ask the United States Supreme Court to hear its case involving a transgender student, the board announced Tuesday. The decision came after the board met in closed session with legal counsel Monday evening.

Last year, Gloucester High School student Gavin Grimm sued the board, claiming its policy restricting bathroom use to corresponding biological gender is discriminatory and a violation of Title IX and the 14th Amendment. Grimm was born female but identifies as a male and seeks to use the boys’ restrooms at GHS.

A federal district court judge ruled the policy, which also requires alternative, private facilities for transgender students, did not violate Title IX. A three-judge federal appeals court panel overturned that decision in April and sent the case back to the district court for reconsideration.

Last month, the school board petitioned the full appeals court to hear the case, but no judge called for a vote on the matter and the peti...

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