PINE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – The Pine-Richland School District is pushing back against a lawsuit over its restroom policy.
The rules require students to use restrooms matching their biological sex and not their gender identity.
On Monday, the lawyers for the school district asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by three transgender students at the high school.
Earlier this year, students in the district could use the restroom that conformed with their gender identities.
On Sept. 12, the board voted to adopt a policy requiring students to use the restroom that matched their biological sex.
In October, three transgender students filed a lawsuit saying it’s unlawful for the district to require them to use restrooms that don’t match their outward appearance.
The students are being represented by Lambda Legal. Staff attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan released a statement on Monday which read:
“The Pine-Richland School District has turned its back on transgender students and told its student body that discrimination is ok. That is not only wrong, it is unlawful.”
Students and Lambda Legal were asking for a preliminary injunction while this lawsuit is being challenged in court.
The attorneys for the district not only want the lawsuit dismissed, but they also want the judge to not allow the preliminary injunction.
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