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School board takes transgender bathroom case to high court

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)

GLOUCESTER, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school board is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a transgender male from using the boys' bathroom until the court decides whether to review his discrimination case.

In an emergency appeal filed Wednesday, The Gloucester County School Board urged Chief Justice John Roberts to prevent Gavin Grimm from using the restroom that matches his gender identity when he returns to school in September.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals sided in April with Grimm, who argued the board violated federal education discrimination laws by forbidding him from using the boys' bathroom. The case was sent back to the district court for further consideration.

The school board says it will suffer "irreparable harm" if Grimm is allowed to use the boys' restroom this fall.

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