There was a time when Erica Kasper thought justice might be near for her transgender son, Drew Adams. After his high school refused to let him use the bathroom that aligns with his gender identity, the Department of Education started investigating the Florida school for discrimination, she says. For months, investigators spoke with the family and school administrators. Then everything came to a screeching halt.
After a federal judge in Texas placed an injunction on President Barack Obama’s guidance to schools to respect the gender identity of transgender students in August 2016, the investigation was put on hold, Kasper was told by investigators from the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights. Then, after Donald Trump became president, he rescinded the Obama administration’s guidance and dropped the government’s legal challenge to the injunction. Since the election, Kasper says, she has not been able to reach anyone at OCR.
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