The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an Indiana public school district’s defense of a policy prohibiting transgender students from using bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity.
The Metropolitan School District of Martinsville in Indiana, filed an appeal with the Supreme Court in 2023 after the Seventh United States Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a female transgender student must be allowed to use the boys’ bathroom at school.
The justices declined to review the decision and did not explain why.
NBC News reported that the child, named only as A.C., was 13 years old at the time of the lawsuit and claims to have identified as transgender as early as 8 years old. He uses a male name and pronouns and has a “typically masculine haircut and clothing.”
According to Reuters, the Seventh Circuit Court ruled that the district’s policy prohibiting students from using bathrooms that were not appropriate for their biological sex violated Title IX and the 14th Amendment.
According to NBC News, the Supreme Court declined in 2021 to hear a similar case involving transgender students using bathrooms other than their biological sex.
Lower courts across the country will continue to hear similar cases, but the Supreme Court may reconsider the matter at a later date.