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Court: Rights of transgender student violated

Updated Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | 11:16 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest court says a transgender student should have been allowed to use the bathroom of her choice.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday in a case in which lawyers for a fifth-grader argued that her rights were violated when she was required to use a staff bathroom instead of the girls' restroom.

Nicole Maines' family and the Maine Human Rights Commission sued in 2009. Maines, now 16, is a biological male who identified as a girl beginning at age 2.

School administrators across the country are grappling with the issue.