Sunday, August 27, 2017

Trans Student Victory Targeted

The Kenosha Unified School District in Wisconsin has filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court of the United States in Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District challenging KUSD’s discriminatory treatment of Ash Whitaker, a transgender boy. The petition asks the Court to review the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent ruling permitting Ash to use boys’ restrooms at school during his senior year of high school. The case also alleges that KUSD singled out Ash for discriminatory treatment in other ways & is currently moving forward in the federal district court in Milwaukee. Whitaker’s lawyers at Transgender Law Center and Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC stated, “Both the federal district court & the appeals court have unambiguously ruled that KUSD violated Ash’s rights & subjected him to unnecessary harm. We’re disappointed that KUSD, instead of accepting these rulings, has chosen to waste time & money by filing an ill-conceived petition for review with the Supreme Court. The unanimous decision from the Seventh Circuit was correct & consistent with the decisions of other courts, which similarly have held that transgender students have the right to equal educational opportunities. It is troubling that KUSD would go to such lengths to defend its discriminatory & harmful actions against Ash, a high school student who just wanted to be treated like any other boy, especially now that he has graduated & started college. We are confident that KUSD’s wrongheaded & legally incorrect position will continue to be rejected, as it has been at every stage of this case so far.”
For More Info: transgenderlawcenter.org
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