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Students ask Indiana school district not to appeal court ruling for transgender student

Students ready to speak to the Evansville-Vandeburgh School Corporation to ask them to not appeal a recent court decision. (Photo courtesy of Tri-State Alliance)

EVANSVILLE — Students in Evansville’s school district have asked the local school board not to appeal a recent court decision.

Last week, a federal judge ruled that the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) had violated a transgender student’s civil rights when they barred him using the facilities that match his gender identity.

On Monday night’s school board meeting, the local students, with the encouragement of local LGBTQ rights group Tri-State Alliance, asked the EVSC not to appeal the verdict, the Evansville Courier & Press reported.

The group asked the board to:

  • to expand it’s discrimination policy to all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification
  • to not pay more money for legal fees associated with court appeals for a recent transgender student’s lawsuit against EVSC
  • to prevent more future student lawsuits. 

The newspaper reported that school board members didn’t respond to students’ statements. 

From the Courier & Press:

EVSC Attorney Pat Shoulders told C&P Monday that EVSC has a solid bullying policy in place that “takes care of every child no matter what their gender identity, color, race or religion is.” 

“The (Tri-State Alliance) and their supporters continue to ask the school corporation to consider amending their anti-discrimination statement to include gender identity,” Shoulders said. “That argument actually didn’t prevail in the Indiana Legislature during this past session. In fact, our anti-discrimination policy goes further than the state hate crimes law.”

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