(Update — VICTORY!) School district now says trans child can return to school as female

Rachel PepeLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Update Aug. 20, 2014. School reverses stance, will allow Rachel Pepe to present as a female at school.

From The Advocate:

“A middle school in New Jersey has reversed course after allegedly telling a 13-year-old transgender girl that she could only attend classes if she dressed and acted like a boy.

Monday evening, Rachel Pepe received news that Middletown, New Jersey’s Thorne Middle School will allow the teenager to attend school as herself.”


(Original article) Trans kid Rachel Pepe ‘cannot return to school as a female and no accommodations will be made for her,’ a school official told Angela Peters, Rachel’s mother. The school is question is Thorne Middle School in a Middletown, New Jersey, school district.

Peters said the school official told her, among other things, ‘the school was not equipped to handle Rachel’ and ‘it would upset the boy-girl ratio in school.’

Trans advocates have supported Peters by arguing that many school districts have been forced to accomodate trans students, and insist Pepe has a strong discrimination case should she persue legal avenues.

According to USA TODAY,  the Superintendent of Middletown Schools William O. George stated that he was willing to interview the child to ‘find the appropriate placement for her’ and added: “children with psycho-sexual issues often benefit from a fresh start at a new school.”


I’m thinking the school district is doing a bit of dodging here as if they’re looking to do what best for the district, not the child.

Here’s an article I wrote about a court ruling forcing a Colorado school to let a trans child use the girls restroom: https://lexiecannes.com/2013/06/24/schools-barring-of-trans-child-from-girls-bathroom-ruled-discriminatory/


Update Aug. 20, 2014 from The Advocate: http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2014/08/19/nj-school-reverses-position-will-let-trans-teen-attend-girl-she#.U_Qrbdn5VPw.facebook

Rachel Pepe


Lexie Cannes — a great award-winning feature film about a trans woman. Watch it right now: http://www.amazon.com/Lexie-Cannes-CourtneyODonnell/dp/B00KEYH3LQ Or get the DVD: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0963781332   

LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS is associated with Wipe Out Transphobia: http://www.wipeouttransphobia.com/

Read Lexie Cannes in The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-odonnell/

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3 replies

  1. Uneducated school officials with an almost-autistic inability to mentally incorporate change, a poor concept of “ratios”, and “psycho-sexual” issues often benefit from losing their job.


    Judy Chiasson, Ph.D., a Program Coordinator for Human Relations at the Los Angeles Unified School District:
    “In the eight years that we’ve had our policy we’ve not had any problems. On the contrary, it has solved many problems. It’s a nonissue on our campuses. Our transgender students use the bathrooms for the same reasons as everybody else. They do their business, fix their hair and make-up, and gossip with friends.”

    “So when we instituted this policy we had no idea how many students that this would effect. In 2011, we conducted a survey in conjunction with the YRBS, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and we learned that point-five percent of our students self-identified as transgender. In a district of our size, that’s about thirty-five-hundred students. We were shocked. We had no idea that we had that many transgender students.”

  2. ‘it would upset the boy-girl ratio in school.’


  3. This school district needs to be investigated, shut down, and start over fresh with a more compassionate and capable staff.

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