Kenosha Unified School District appeals judge's decision allowing transgender boy to use boy's restroom

KENOSHA -- Officials with the Kenosha Unified School District have officially file an appeal after a judge ruled a transgender boy can use the boy's restrooms at Tremper High School.

The judge decided that until the issue is decided permanently, Whitaker can use the boy's restroom at Kenosha Tremper High School.

FOX6 News first shared Whitaker's story in 2015, when he was fighting for the ability to run for prom king. Because Whitaker is transgender, school district officials objected.

While Whitaker was eventually allowed to run for prom king, school district officials didn't want him to use the boy's restrooms, and provided him a private bathroom. Whitaker objected, and won an injunction, allowing him to choose.

Ash Whitaker

Kenosha Tremper High School

Rock Pledl

"Everybody on the legal team and Ash and his family are just so pleased about this. Judge Pepper's decision is just well reasoned. We expect it to be upheld at any level it goes to," Rock Pledl, Whitaker's attorney said.

The lawsuit Whitaker filed, asking that he be allowed to use the restroom of the gender he identifies with is one of numerous cases across the country.

Pledl expects one of the cases may make it to the Supreme Court, and the issue will be decided nationwide.

Officials with the Kenosha Unified School District said they are disappointed with the court's decision to grant an injunction. They have now appealed.

Ash Whitaker