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Indiana school must allow transgender student to use boys' restroom, says a federal judge

By: April Carson

A federal judge is standing by a prior decision in which an Indiana transgender student was permitted to use the boys' restroom.

The parent of the student, who was born female but identifies as male, had challenged the school's policy, arguing that it violated the student's rights. The judge ruled in September that the student could use the boys' restroom while the case proceeded.

The Obama nominee Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, who denied a motion from the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville to pause an earlier injunction requiring John R. Wooden Middle School to allow a transgender student to use the boys restroom, told WTHR-TV that she has ruled in favor of allowing Jack Rife access to the male restrooms.

The school district had said that it would be disruptive to allow Rife to use the boys' facilities, and that he could use a separate, gender-neutral restroom instead.

Rife's family has argued that the district's policy is discriminatory and creates a hostile environment for him.

The district lost because the court determined that it didn't provide evidence to demonstrate that allowing a transgender student to use the boys restroom would result in "irreparable harm."

“Moreover, the School District has not offered any new argument or evidence to show that the public's interest is served by maintaining the School District's jurisdiction over such matters until more plain and clear direction on Title IX is provided,” Pratt added.

The school had previously banned the transgender student from using the boys' restroom, participating in male sports, and being referred to as "he" or "him."

The school, which is challenging the initial decision, had contended that Pratt's injunction "would be disruptive of the school's activities...and undermine the order and authority of the institution."

The student, however, argued that the school's stance was "discriminatory and stigmatizing."

"The School District is simply wrong that allowing (the student) to use the boys' restroom would be disruptive," Pratt wrote. The District has not provided any evidence that it has ever been disruptive for a transgender student to use the same restroom as cisgender students of the same gender identity."

The school's attorney, who is not named in the lawsuit and declined to comment when contacted by Fox News Digital, also did not respond.

The Boyertown Area School District in Pennsylvania is facing a similar lawsuit. The district allows students to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity, but some students have sued, arguing that the policy violates their privacy rights.

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