Virginia school board files appeal in transgender bathroom case

Gavin Grimm. (AP File Photo)

GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — The Gloucester County School Board has filed a notice of appeal in the Gavin Grimm case, court records show.

A federal district court ordered the school board on June 23 to allow Gavin Grimm to use the same restrooms as other boys. Grimm, who was born a female and identifies as male, wants to use the boys’ restroom.

The school filed an appeal notice on Tuesday, stating that the court “correctly dismissed (Grimm’s) Title IX claim” in September of 2015.

Grimm appealed that ruling, and a federal appeals court overturned the lower court’s ruling in April of this year.

In the appeals notice filed Tuesday, the school board claims that if there is no stay on the June 23 ruling — pending an appeal — the district, parents and students will “suffer irreparable harm” in the upcoming school year.

The board claims the court’s ruling “essentially strips the school district of its most basic authority to enact policies that accommodate the need for privacy and safety of all students.”

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Read: Gloucester County School Board Notice of Appeal

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