(WB) A federal judge on Aug. 18 dismissed a lawsuit against a Montgomery County Public Schools policy that is designed to protect transgender students.

The Washington Post reported the policy advises school personnel to “speak with the student about the level of support they receive or anticipate receiving at home before contacting the student’s parent.” The policy also advises school personnel to use a confidential form to help develop what the Post describes as a “gender-support plan with the student and their family ‘if the family is supportive of the student.'”

Three parents who remain anonymous in 2020 filed a lawsuit against the Montgomery County Board of Education.

The plaintiffs argued the policy violates their right “to direct the care, custody, education, and control of their minor children” under the 14th Amendment. U.S. District Judge Paul Grimm of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland dismissed their lawsuit.

The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Frederick W. Claybook, Jr., told the Post his clients plan to appeal.

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