Smith v. Board of Education of Frederick County, MD

Mary Smith (a pseudonym), a 15-year old student at Frederick County Public Schools, and her mother (identified in the suit as Jane Doe) filed a lawsuit against the Frederick County Board of Education in the District Court of Maryland alleging Smith’s “civil rights, including her fundamental right to bodily privacy, are being intentionally violated” as well as Doe’s “fundamental parental rights to the care, custody, control, upbringing, and information regarding her child is also being intentionally violated” by the school board’s new policies which “permit students of one sex to enter and use restrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities (“bath facilities”) designated for members of the opposite sex.”  According to the complaint, “The policies also allow for males who identify as females to compete against females under Title IX sports programs and share hotel rooms with them on trips, violating the rights of students who are of the female sex.”

“Defendants purposefully and intentionally violated Plaintiffs’ rights and have further attempted to harass and coerce the minor Plaintiff and her mother into abridging their freedom of speech by threatening retaliation, expulsion and permanent negative academic records for failure to use the pronouns now mandated which upon information and belief, call a male a female when the person or government official requires such pronoun use.”

The lawsuit alleges civil rights violations under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, Articles 5 and 24 of the Maryland Constitution, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, invasion of privacy, and violation of Maryland statutes governing single-sex facilities in public buildings.  Plaintiffs are seeking “a permanent injunction on the policy and demanding the school district communicate with parents regarding all issues pertaining to a student’s sexuality or gender identity. It also demands that only females be allowed to use the female bathrooms in schools, and that males be barred from competing with females in athletics.”

Suit challenges Maryland school system’s transgender policy — Washington Post

FCPS Transgender Lawsuit — The Frederick News-Post

Lawsuit filed over Frederick County Public Schools’ transgender policy — The Frederick News-Post