A transgender boy can use the boys' restroom at a Florida high school, the Palm Beach Post reported, citing a federal judge's ruling Thursday.
Drew Adams — who is 17 and transgender — sued the St. Johns County School Board for discrimination last June after being told to use only the gender neutral or girls' restroom at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, the paper said.
The judge's ruling allows Adams to use any bathroom, the Post said.
“I can go into my senior year focusing on college applications, IB testing instead of lawsuits,” Adams told the paper. “Now I can finally be like any other kid at my school, like any other boy, and I’m really excited about that.”
Concerning the ruling, Adams added to the Post: “I’ve been all smiles.”
Adams had been using the boys' restroom without any incident, the paper said — until Adams said someone anonymously reported it, and the plaintiff no longer was allowed to use the boys' restroom.
What did the judge say?
But a federal judge disagreed, ruling that “the evidence is that Drew Adams poses no threat to the privacy or safety of his fellow students. When it comes to his use of the bathroom, the law requires that he be treated like any other boy," the Post said.
What did Adams’ attorney say?
Adams' attorney, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, told the paper the ruling will assist other transgender cases.
“I think it will show to other school districts across Florida and across the country that they better watch out, and they can’t discriminate [against] transgender students," Gonzalez-Pagan added to the Post. "Otherwise they will be subject to lawsuits because they will be violating the Constitution and federal civil rights law."
The school district will have to pay $1,000 in damages and attorney fees to Adams, the paper said.
Here's a report on the issue that aired prior to the judge's ruling:
What else has happened in court regarding transgender students wanting to use restrooms and locker rooms of their choice?
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that high school boys in an Oregon school district must allow a transgender boy to share their restrooms and locker room.
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In a lawsuit filed by parents and students at a high school in Dallas, Oregon, the plaintiffs stated that the boys felt "embarrassment, humiliation, anxiety, intimidation, fear, apprehension, and stress produced by using the restroom with students of the opposite sex."
But U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez ruled "high school students do not have a fundamental privacy right to not share school restrooms, lockers, and showers with transgender students whose biological sex is different than theirs." He wrote that the stress the boys felt was not "comparable to the plight of transgender students who are not allowed to use facilities consistent with their gender identity.”