US: Trans girl allowed to return to school, despite being previously told she could not
A 13-year-old transgender girl has been allowed to return to school after being previously told she was banned unless she dressed as a boy.
Rachel Pepe of New Jersey, who attends Thorne Middle School, has now been told that she will be allowed to return to school. She was previously told by the school that she would not be allowed to.
Her mother, Angela Peters, told Asbury Park Press that the school demanded she dress as male, refused to call her any name other than that on her birth certificate, and claimed they couldn’t provide toilets for her.
She said: “I said ‘what about letting her go to the bathroom in the nurse’s office?’ [but they rejected the idea].
“They definitely can’t call her Rachel because on her birth certificate, it is Brian.”
Ms Peters also revealed that the teenager had developed stress-related seizures, depression and panic attacks before being allowed to transition.
She said: “[Rachel] was going to school last year as Brian… I am not sending her back as Brian because the depression will start again.
“She would get off the bus and just cry, then she would go to sleep for 17 or 20 hours and refuse to go back there.”