CMS puts hold on transgender bullying prevention following supreme court ruling

- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has placed a temporary hold on bullying prevention regulation pertaining to transgender students following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

In a statement Thursday CMS Superintendent, Ann Clark, said the hold applies to a prevention regulation, which states that transgender students will be given access to the restroom and locker room facilities corresponding to their gender identity.

On Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Virginia school board could block a transgender male from using the boy's bathroom at his school until it decides whether to intervene in his case.

The high court agreed to allow the Gloucester County School board to bar Gavin Grimm from the bathroom that matches his gender identity until the justices decide whether to review an appeals court ruling in his case.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided in April with Grimm, who argued the policy barring him from using the boys bathroom violated federal education discrimination law.

The school board says it plans to ask the Supreme Court to review the appeals court decision by late August.

The high court put Grimm's federal discrimination lawsuit temporarily on hold.

Clark said CMS will “respect the Supreme Court’s decision.”

Equality North Carolina said in a statement:

"We were disappointed after seeing the supreme court's ruling yesterday. The impact of the ruling is still being assessed but we are hopeful schools will still accommodate transgender students.

I have talked to transgender students and their parents and they cannot wait any longer to be protected from bullying and discrimination. We are confident that ultimately the Supreme Court will rule in favor of these common sense policies and help transgender students feel comfortable and safe so that they can excel academically in school. In the meantime, I encourage school districts to work towards accommodating all students and keep the best interest of transgender students in mind- especially given the duress that many transgender students are experiencing under HB2."

Full statement from Superintendent Ann Clark:

“CMS remains committed to nurturing a safe and welcoming learning environment for every student. As a result of yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling, we have placed a temporary hold on the section of the CMS bullying prevention regulation which states that transgender students will be given access to the restroom and locker room facilities corresponding to their gender identity. The rest of the regulation, which is intended to promote consistency in anti-bullying support for all students, will remain intact.  CMS will respect the Supreme Court's decision just as we did that of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.”


The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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