A transgender student who was barred from utilizing the boys’ locker room at his Minnesota highschool is getting greater than $300,000 from the varsity district, his authorized workforce introduced this week.
Nick H — who requested to not reveal his surname out of security fears — got here out as transgender in 2015 shortly earlier than beginning his freshman 12 months at Coon Rapids Excessive Faculty, in keeping with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota, which helped deliver his case.
The swim workforce member used the boys’ altering room “for months, with none complaints or any issues,” ACLU workers lawyer David McKinney stated in a digital press briefing together with his bearded shopper Tuesday.
“Then the varsity board received concerned” in 2016 and “prohibited Nick from utilizing the boys’ locker room, and stated he could be disciplined if he did,” McKinney stated, with the then-teen assigned to a “segregated room.”
“This degrading therapy singled Nick out, it segregated him from his classmates” and made him really feel “unwelcome and alone,” the lawyer stated.
“He began getting bullied and getting threats, inflicting him extreme emotional misery,” McKinney stated, with court docket paperwork detailing how he was even hospitalized.
Nick sued the Anoka-Hennepin Faculty District and “the varsity board lastly agreed to settle the case,” McKinney stated.
In addition to a settlement of “over $300,000,” the district agreed to “quite a few vital coverage reforms” to ensure different trans youngsters don’t undergo the identical expertise, the lawyer stated.
The district confirmed to the Star Tribune that “all authorized points have been resolved.”
Nick referred to as the authorized battle “a tough expertise” that concerned “lots of time reliving some painful and embarrassing moments.”
“My objective was not simply to enhance my very own state of affairs, however to make a distinction … and hopefully make issues higher for the following technology of scholars,” he stated within the Zoom briefing.
“I actually put myself on the market, however I do know that simply by being right here — by standing up and being seen — I could make a distinction. All of us can,” he stated, encouraging different college students to “converse up.”
McKinney stated his shopper, “like each youngster … ought to have been given the chance to get an schooling free from discrimination.
“Faculties needs to be a spot the place each youngster feels secure and valued for who they’re. It needs to be a spot the place kids are inspired to be themselves,” he stated.
Gender Justice additionally backed the case. “Discrimination towards transgender college students will not be solely hurtful and fallacious, it’s also costly,” stated the nonprofit’s government director, Megan Peterson.