Judge says school school acted in bounds when refusing to let a trans girl use the girls restroom.
In 2007 a transgender girl in Orono Maine was forced to stop using the girls restroom, and told that from then on she needed to be using a teachers restroom after a male student’s grandfather complained.
Justice William Anderson has ruled on the side of the school district on this case saying: “The court is not unsympathetic to [the girl’s] plight, or that of her parents, it is no doubt a difficult thing to grow up transgender in today’s society. This is a sad truth, which cannot be completely prevented by the law alone. The law casts a broad stroke where one more delicate and refined is needed. Although others mistreated [the girl] because she is transgender, our Maine Human Rights Act only holds a school accountable for deliberate indifference to known, severe and pervasive student-on-student harassment. It does no more. In this case, the school acted within the bounds of its authority in prohibiting [the girl] from using the girls’ restroom; it did not itself harass [the girl] by its actions, and it was not deliberately indifferent to the harassment that [she] experienced from others. The judge concluded, “The court finds that there is no evidence of deliberate indifference with respect to plaintiff’s claims of education discrimination, and it finds that defendants acted within the law under the public accommodation discrimination claim. Therefore, the court grants summary judgment to [the school district].”