PALATINE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago school district says it won’t honor a federal ruling ordering it to let a transgender student into the locker room of the student’s preferred gender.

Palatine-based Township High School District 211 held a news conference Monday to announce that it has denied the student’s request, citing privacy issues for other students. Officials said the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights ruled that the district was violating federal gender equality laws.

Superintendent Daniel E. Cates said the district supports transgender students but its decision was about “protecting student privacy.”

The American Civil Liberties Union is representing the unidentified student. It called the district’s policy “blatant discrimination.” The student’s family filed the federal complaint in spring 2014 after the district offered use of a private locker room space.


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