Appeals board upholds HS policy allowing teen born male to use women’s restroom, locker room

Appeals board upholds HS policy allowing teen born male to use women’s restroom, locker room

A transgender teenager, who was born male but identifies as a female, can continue to use a women’s restroom and locker room at a Jefferson County Public School.

In a 5-to-1 vote, an appeal board upheld Atherton High School’s nondiscrimination policy Thursday, which states the school must accept the gender identity each student asserts and shouldn’t discriminate on the use of school space on the basis of gender identity nor gender expression.

The current JCPS policy allows individual schools to set their own policies on the use of facilities.

The appeals board is composed of three teachers appointed by the president of the Jefferson County Teachers Association, two parents appointed by the 15th District PTA and a school administrator appointed by the president of the Jefferson County Association of School Administrators.

Attorney Clint Elliott argued allowing transgender students to use the restroom of their choice violates other students’ right to privacy.

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