Smith v. Board of Education of Frederick County, MD (USA)

On October 20, James van Kuilenburg, a 17-year-old student at Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, MD who identifies as transgender, filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of Maryland to intervene as a defendant in Smith v. Board of Education.

The lawsuit was filed by Mary Smith (a pseudonym), a 15-year old student at Frederick County Public Schools, who alleges her “civil rights, including her fundamental right to bodily privacy, are being intentionally violated” by the school board’s 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.”

Kuilenburg, who is represented by FreeState Justice and the ACLU of Maryland, claims there is “an epidemic of trans students feeling unsafe, depressed, and suicidal,” and that reversing the school’s policy would be “devastating” to these students and “create a culture of fear and misunderstanding.”

Also on October 20, the school board filed its official response to the lawsuit, arguing the complaint fails to state a legal claim and should therefore be dismissed.

Smith v. Board of Education of Frederick County, MD (USA) — Gender Identity Watch

Trans student files motion to defend Frederick school policy — Washington Blade