Virginia Supreme Court Dismisses Case Against School Board Policy

On Thursday, April 13, the Virginia Supreme Court upheld a circuit court ruling that dismissed the case against the Fairfax County School Board over its nondiscrimination policy and its student code of conduct, which were recently revised to include protections against sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression discrimination. The Court ultimately determined that anonymous student Jack Doe, his parents, and Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, lacked standing the bring the suit because "[t]here is no connection with an articulated injury that Jack is suffering or will suffer based on the present facts as pled." In doing so, the Court also found that "general distress over a general policy does not alone allege injury sufficient for standing, even in a declaratory judgment action."

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