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School board seeks review of transgender bathroom ruling

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2015 file photo, Gavin Grimm leans on a post on his front porch during an interview at his home in Gloucester, Va.  Schools cant prevent transgender students from using the restrooms that correspond with their gender...
FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2015 file photo, Gavin Grimm leans on a post on his front porch during an interview at his home in Gloucester, Va. Schools cant prevent transgender students from using the restrooms that correspond with their gender... (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school board will ask the full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the court's ruling that a high school discriminated against a transgender teen by forbidding him from using the boys' restroom.

In a statement presented at the Gloucester County School Board meeting Thursday night, Chairman Troy Andersen said the board decided unanimously to file a petition for an en banc hearing before the court.

A three-judge panel ruled Tuesday that the policy is discriminatory. A federal judge had rejected a sex discrimination claim by Gloucester High School student Gavin Grimm, who was born female but identifies as male. After complaints, the school board adopted a policy requiring students to use public restrooms corresponding with their biological gender.

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