Pine-Richland transgender students can use bathroom of choice, federal judge rules

The directive comes as President Trump reversed a directive by the Obama administration to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that align with their gender identities

As a result, he granted a preliminary injunction that they had sought against the policy.

The high school seniors - Juliet Evancho, Elissa Ridenour and a transgender boy, referred to only as A.S. - filed a federal lawsuit in October, saying the district's policy was unconstitutional and discriminated against them.

The new guidance released Wednesday rescinds the May 2016 guidance as well as a January 2015 letter to Emily Prince from James Ferg-Cadima, who was then the acting deputy assistant secretary for policy in the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

In a gross violation of students' rights, the Trump administration announced on February 22 that it would eviscerate former President Obama's executive order allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and other facilities that correspond with their gender identity.

It hasn't been so long since Jackie Evancho made global news for singing at President Trump's inauguration.

"This issue was a very huge example of the Obama administration's overreach, a one-size-fits-all, top-down approach", DeVos said at the Conservative Political Action Conference, reaffirming her dedication to reallocating education deciding power down to the local level. Jackie was "very disappointed" with Trump's action, and pleaded to meet with him and her sister to discuss transgender rights.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told a reporter at a news conference the following day he thought Trump would welcome the idea of meeting with her.

Plaintiffs in the case are three Pine-Richland High School students, including Jacob "Juliet" Evancho, the brother of Jackie Evancho who identifies as "transgender". Moreover, Hornak found the reality of the three trans students' lived experience of their gender identity far more compelling than the article's attempts to sow doubt about what the science says. But early past year, apparently encouraged by a parent, the district superintendent addressed the issue with the whole school community for the first time, according to the ruling.

The decision was announced by a federal judge on Monday, and granted a preliminary injunction sought by the students as part of their lawsuit against the Pine-Richland School District's "gender-specific" bathroom policy adopted previous year.

She added: "The past months have been incredibly stressful, and this was all so unnecessary". "At the local level, I feel confident we will continue to improve conditions for all students in our schools".

Peter Lyons, a board member who said he voted against the policy that the board approved last fall, commended the judge's ruling in an emailed statement. "It restores the constitutional rights of students that were in place in our district for many years without incident". It detailed how schools should respond to situations regarding bathrooms, locker rooms, athletic teams, overnight lodgings and dormitories, as well as other situations. The final verdict of the case is still out, but according to Hornack the students "demonstrated a likelihood of success for their claim".

That case is scheduled for oral arguments at the Supreme Court in late March.



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