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Boyertown School Board votes not to settle transgender lawsuit

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BOYERTOWN, Pa. - Community members packed the Boyertown Area School Board meeting Tuesday to discuss the federal lawsuit filed against the school district last week.

After hearing from more than 30 speakers during the public comment portion of the meeting, a majority of the board voted against settling the lawsuit.

Most of the the speakers sided with the district's actions and position regarding transgender students' access to locker rooms and bathrooms of the gender with which they identify.

Those who stood behind the district's position expressed pride and gratitude. Among those in support were area residents, parents, and students.

Those against the district's stance, including area residents and parents, noted privacy concerns and fears of female students changing around male transgender students.

During the meeting, the district's solicitor, Jeffrey Sultanik, noted a lawsuit is inevitable. He said if the district accepts the plaintiffs' demands to settle, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will sue the district.

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