A federal judge says he won’t stop a school district in Mississippi from making a transgender girl dress as a boy for high school graduation.
U.S. District Judge Taylor McNeel wrote his order on Friday night, after hearing a case against the Harrison County School District that was brought by the ACLU on behalf of the 17-year-old girl.
The girl, whose initials were L.B. in court papers, had picked out a dress to wear with her cap and gown on Saturday at Harrison Central High School in Gulfport, a beach town about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south of Jackson. Boys who are graduating should wear white shirts and black pants. Girls should wear white dresses.
The tweet below verifies the news:
NEWS: A Mississippi school district can forbid a transgender student from attending her graduation unless she wears male-designated attire instead of a dress under her robe, a Trump-appointed federal judge ruled tonight.
Her graduation is at 6 p.m.https://t.co/rXoEAaGn65
— Ashton Pittman (@ashtonpittman) May 20, 2023
The lawsuit that the ACLU filed Thursday says that the Harrison County School District told L.B. that she must follow the rules for guys’ clothing in order to graduate.
The Associated Press called and emailed the ACLU on Saturday to find out if L.B.’s family will appeal the judge’s decision not to issue a temporary restraining order against the school district and if she will take part in the graduation celebration.
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The claim said that L.B. wore dresses to classes and extracurricular activities all through high school, including to a prom last year, and that she shouldn’t be treated differently at graduation because of that.
In papers filed in court on Friday, Wynn Clark, the lawyer for the Harrison County School Board, said that a student’s right to attend a graduation celebration is not protected by the Constitution.
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