Transgender student files lawsuit against EVSC over restroom policy

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Eyewitness News has learned a transgender EVSC student has filed a lawsuit against the school corporation because, the student says, he is not allowed to use the restroom of the gender he identifies with.

The student, who says his attorney advised him not to be identified, confirmed to Eyewitness News that the lawsuit was filed last week.

He tells us the reason for the lawsuit is that transgender students are not allowed to use the restroom of their gender identity without facing punishment.

According to the student, he asked EVSC officials if he could use the male restroom, since he identifies as a male.

He said those officials told him ‘no’ and if he did he would be punished.

The student told us, “The option I’m given is the nurse’s bathroom, but that’s not an adequate alternative for a number of reasons, but the main one being that often times it’s locked and the nurse isn’t actually at school to give me access to it.”

EVSC officials provided Eyewitness News with this statement:

“We have only received a courtesy copy of the complaint at this point, which our legal council is currently reviewing. We believe we have met, and will continue to meet, the requirements of Indiana and federal law as it relates to transgender students.”

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(This article was originally published February 27, 2018)

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