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Missouri mother sues school over transgender discrimination

JOPLIN, Mo. – The mother of a former Missouri high school student is suing the school board and the three current and former district administrators, alleging discrimination against her transgender child.

Natalie Murray alleges in the lawsuit that the district denied her child the right to use the boys restroom and locker rooms in Joplin high School. She says that her 16-year-old was born a woman but lived as a man since the age of 12.

The Joplin Globe reports that the student was told to use the girls ‘ toilet, or to use gender-neutral bathrooms are intended for the faculty. The lawsuit says this embarrassed and humiliated the student.

School board chairman Sharrock Dermott said Tuesday that the district does not have a specific policy for the care of transgender students, but that its anti-bullying policy covers all pupils.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) World, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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