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After closing arguments, judge deliberates transgender bathroom lawsuit

Federal judge must decide if Nease student can use boys room at Nease High

Drew Adams is suing the St. Johns County School Board.
Drew Adams is suing the St. Johns County School Board.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – During closing arguments Friday in a federal lawsuit challenging a Nease High School's policy on transgender bathroom use, U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan asked the chairman of the St. Johns County School Board one question: Is the Nease rule the policy of the district?

Bill Mignon answered, "Yes."

Drew Adams' family sued, claiming discrimination after school officials told him he can use a gender-neutral bathroom on campus but cannot use the boys restroom, despite identifying as a male since 2015. 

One of the arguments Adams has against the district's bathroom policy is that there are fewer gender-neutral bathrooms on campus and they are not conveniently located.

“As most students would be a five-minute walk to the bathroom, I would have a 10-minute or 15-minute (walk),” Adams said in June, when the lawsuit was filed. “And if there’s a line, I would even have more time away from class."

After the trial began in December, Corrigan visited Nease to see for himself where the gender-neutral bathrooms are located compared to other bathrooms on campus.

The case was taken under advisement, with no indication when Corrigan might rule.