(ASBURY PARK PRESS) — MIDDLETOWN, N.J. – Rachel Pepe, the 13-year-old transgender middle school student who says she was being forced to return to classes as a boy, may now have alternatives after a meeting with Schools Superintendent William O. George.

The superintendent — who is out of district today — met with Rachel and her mother Angela Peters, 32, Monday.

“Although the student is welcome to return to Thorne Middle School for the 2014-2015 school year, we are now in the process of investigating alternative placements at the parent’s request,” George said in a statement posted on the Middletown Schools Home page. “As is our regular practice, we will work with this student and her parent to agree upon the placement that best meets her educational, social and emotional needs in the least restrictive environment.”

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