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Transgender Student Sues Evansville Schools For Discrimination

The student says EVSC is violating his constitutional rights by denying him the ability to use the restroom he identifies with.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Evansville Schools are facing a legal battle from one of its students who is transgender.

In a federal complaint, the student identified as J.A.W. is suing the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, saying he is being discriminated against because he is not being allowed to use the restroom of the gender he identifies with.

"With gender identity being added to the nondiscrimination policy, you are saying that you are providing a safe place for students like me," J.A.W said at a school board meeting this week. "As of now, I don't feel safe."

J.A.W is in the transition process from female to male. The complaint filed by the ACLU says J.A.W was told he could not use the boys restroom at his high school, and was instead told by the district he could use the nurse's bathroom instead.

The ACLU says EVSC is in violation of the 14th amendment and Title IX in keeping J.A.W from using the restroom of his choice. 

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