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Judges Send Virginia Teen's Transgender School Bathroom Case Back to Lower Court

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    A federal lawsuit over a transgender teen's demand to use the boy's bathroom at his high school in Virginia is being sent back to a lower court.

    The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had scheduled arguments for September in Gavin Grimm's case against the Gloucester County School Board.

    But the 4th Circuit said Wednesday that it will delay next month's arguments and send the case back to the district court so the judge can decide whether the case is now moot because Grimm recently graduated. 

    The teen has said he knew his case wouldn't be resolved by the time he graduated but that he would keep fighting on behalf of others, saying, "This fight is bigger than me."

    Grimm has previously criticized Trump's decision to revoke guidance on transgender students' use of public school bathrooms, saying the action sent a message that "could not have been more damaging" to transgender youth.

    Grimm's case had come back to the appeals court after the Supreme Court declined to hear it.

    The Supreme Court decision came after President Donald Trump revoked guidance from the Obama administration in February that said transgender students should be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice.