July 25, 2013
Federal officials have sent a clear signal to school districts: nondiscrimination protections include transgender students. The message came in a settlement case involving a student in a middle school in Arcadia, CA. The student, who is biologically female, identified as a male from an early age. The student and his family began transitioning in fifth grade, with the student adopting a male name and clothing.
Fellow students were generally accepting, but the school barred the student from using the male bathroom or locker room facilities. In addition, on a camping trip the student was segregated from his fellow students, instead of bunking with the other boys.