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3 pupils join transgender suit against Berks County district

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 19, 2017 8:11 AM
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FILE PHOTO: In this May 17, 2016, file photo, a new sticker designates a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale high school in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

(Boyertown) -- Three more Berks County high school students are joining one who last month sued his school district, saying its transgender-friendly policy constitutes sexual harassment and a violation of privacy.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative group representing the students, says the three unnamed plaintiffs joined the federal lawsuit against the Boyertown Area School District on Tuesday.

In October, the original plaintiff, identified as Joel Doe, was changing into gym clothes in the boys' locker room when he saw a student, wearing shorts and a bra, who had recently begun transitioning from female to male. The new plaintiffs say their rights to not undress in front of someone of the opposite sex are also being violated.

The district says its policy allowing students to use facilities corresponding to their stated gender identity are legal.

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