Va. school board appeals transgender restroom ruling

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school board has asked the full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a panel’s ruling that a transgender teen must be allowed to use the boys’ restroom at school.

The Gloucester County School Board filed a motion on Tuesday, asking the entire 15-judge court of appeals panel re-consider the smaller panel’s decision. In the appeal, the school board says that the decision imperils the privacy rights of all students.

A federal judge had rejected a sex discrimination claim by Gloucester High School student Gavin Grimm, who was born female but identifies as male. After complaints, school officials adopted a policy requiring students to use restrooms corresponding with their biological gender or single-stall, unisex restrooms available to everyone.

This Tuesday Aug. 25, 2015 photo shows Gavin Grimm as he gestures during an interview at his home in Gloucester, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
This Tuesday Aug. 25, 2015 photo shows Gavin Grimm as he gestures during an interview at his home in Gloucester, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

In last month’s 2-1 ruling, the appeals court said schools are bound by Department of Education guidelines stating students must be allowed to use restrooms corresponding to their gender identity.

The Associated Press and 8News sister station WAVY-TV 10 contributed to this report.

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