TIMBERLAKE, Va. (CBS DC) – Being a tomboy got Sunnie Kahle kicked out of her Christian school, reports WSET-TV.
The 8-year-old has very short hair and likes to wear sneakers, jeans and t-shirts. And she enjoys playing sports at school.
Her family received a letter from Timberlake Christian School telling them that if Sunnie refused to follow the school’s “biblical standards” she would be refused enrollment next year.
“(W)e believe that unless Sunnie as well as her family clearly understand that God has made her female and her dress and behavior need to follow suit with her God ordained identity that TCS is not the best place for her future education,” the letter said.
The letter went on to say that students aren’t sure whether Sunnie is a boy or girl. And it states that administrators can refuse enrollment for condoning sexual immorality, practicing a homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity.
“You’re probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment,” the letter read.
Sunnie’s grandparents Doris and Carroll Thompson adopted and raised her. They took her out of Timberlake and enrolled her in a public school
But she misses her friends at Timberlake. “She cries every morning to get on the bus, she cries when she comes home because she wants to go back to Timberlake Christian with her friends,” said Doris Thompson.
“How do you label a child, 8 years old, or discriminate against an 8-year- old child? It just don’t happen,” said Carroll Thompson.
An administrator from Timberlake Christian told WSET that problems with Sunnie goes “far beyond her hair length,” saying she is a good student but “things disturbed the classroom environment.”
Sunni’s grandparents say they have no plans to try to enroll Sunnie at Timberlake Christian School.
“How do you tell a child when she wants to wear pants a shirt, and go out and play in the mud and so forth,” asked Doris Thompson. “How do you tell her, ‘No, you can’t. You’ve got to wear a pink bow in your hair, and you’ve got to let your hair grow out long.’ How do you do that? I can’t do that.”
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