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A sculpture outside of the Virginia High School/Roosevelt Elementary School complex. A group of families has dropped a lawsuit against the Virginia school district and federal authorities over the district's policy allowing students to use school restroom and locker room facilities that correspond with their gender identity. (File photo / News Tribune)

A group of families has dropped its lawsuit against the Virginia school district and federal authorities over the district's policy allowing students to use restroom and locker room facilities that correspond with their gender identity.

Privacy Matters, which includes the families of five girls who attend Virginia High School, filed a notice of dismissal in federal court on Thursday. The court filing states that the group wants to voluntarily drop the lawsuit, but doesn't state the reason for doing so.

The lawsuit was suspended in December until the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on a similar case, which was sent back to a lower court last month.

Privacy Matters, represented by the Arizona-based religious legal advocacy organization Alliance Defending Freedom, alleged in its lawsuit that the Virginia school district's policy violates student privacy and constitutional rights by allowing a transgender student to use the girls' restrooms and locker rooms at Virginia High School. The group also alleged in the lawsuit that the policy violates Title IX by excluding female students from educational programs.

The school district denied in December the lawsuit's allegations or any wrongdoing. In a statement in December, the district said its current practices "effectively respect student privacy. The district remains committed to ensuring its schools provide an appropriate environment for students and staff to focus on learning."

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