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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Nicole Maines
School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls' bathroom, according to a ruling by the highest court in Maine that's believed to be the first of its kind.
A transgender fifth-grader should have been allowed to use the girls' bathroom, Maine's highest court ruled Thursday, concluding that school officials violated state anti-discrimination law.
A Maine transgender student can use the bathroom of her choice and can’t be forced to use the unisex facility recommended by school officials, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday, in a case being closely watched by gay rights groups and school districts around the country.
In what is seen as an important legal test for transgender rights, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard a case Wednesday on whether an elementary school discriminated against a boy who identifies as a girl when it required her to use a unisex staff bathroom instead of the girls' bathroom.
Nicole, who's now 16, said after arguments before the high court last summer that she hoped the justices understood the importance of going to school, getting an education and making friends without having to be "bullied" by other students - or school administrators.