School Won't Let Transgender Teen Attend as Girl
Rachel Pepe told she can only return as 'Brian'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2014 1:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – Rachel Pepe's middle school says she can't come back to school this year—at least, not as Rachel Pepe. The 13-year-old was known as a boy last year at Thorne Middle School in Middletown, NJ, and went by Brian, the name she was given at birth. But now she's transitioning her gender and identity—with the backing of her mother, who says Rachel is much happier than she used to be. Last year, she "would get off the bus and just cry," mom Angela Peters tells the Asbury Park Press. "I am not sending her back as Brian because the depression will start again."

Thorne Middle School told Peters that her daughter's only option was to dress and act like Brian, and that no accommodations could be made to allow her to attend as Rachel. "They definitely can't call her Rachel because on her birth certificate, it is Brian," Peters recalls being told, even though the school has no problem with nicknames being used. Civil rights groups and advocates say the school is violating state and federal anti-discrimination laws, and now the superintendent says the district will work with Pepe's family. "We will work with them to find the appropriate placement," he says. Pepe's mom says she's publicizing their story to help "other kids scared out there, who live secretly at school and go home and be themselves."

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Aug 18, 2014 12:41 AM CDT
This poor boy is being brain washed by the Gay/Degenerate Mafia the the media has embraced by the Communists........ or he wants to swing his pee pee around in the girls locker room............If the latter is true......YOU go boy!!!!!!!!! Gays are sexual degenerates who should be given therapy and lobotomies if needed for the good of society..................................
Holly Williams
Aug 17, 2014 6:36 PM CDT
In my opinion, this school is doing the right thing. Also, this BOY needs therapy so that HE can be comfortable with HIS sex.
Aug 17, 2014 6:33 PM CDT
Why is it most, something like 90% never make the complete transformation? I don't think they are that committed to remove what prevents them from making the transformation.