RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school board asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to block a transgender male from using the boys restroom when he returns to school in September until the high court decides whether to review the case.
The Gloucester County School Board filed an emergency appeal with Chief Justice John Roberts in an attempt to prevent Gavin Grimm from using the bathroom that matches his gender identity when school resumes this fall, saying it will “put parents’ constitutional rights in jeopardy.”
“Depriving parents of any say over whether their children should be exposed to members of the opposite biological sex, possibly in a state of full or complete undress, in intimate settings deprives parents of their right to direct the education and upbringing of their children,” attorneys for the school board wrote.
They added that it would be “natural to assume” that parents may decide to pull their children out of school because of it.
Josh Block, an attorney with the ACLU who’s representing Grimm, said his legal team is prepared to file a response if and when the Supreme Court requests one.
“It is sad that the school board members and their lawyers have so little regard for the impact their misguided actions are having on a real teenager’s life,” Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, said in a statement. “We will continue to stand with Gavin and other young people suffering such cruelties and indignities.”
Grimm’s case is not unique: More than a dozen states have sued the federal government over its requirement that public schools allow transgender students to use restrooms conforming to their gender identity.