Virginia Christian school bans 8-year-old girl - tomboys aren't 'biblical'
Doris Thompson told WSET that her granddaughter, Sunnie Kahle, was forced to enroll in public school and has been refused admission for the next school year until she can express the proper gender identity.
"You're probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment," a letter from Timberlake Christian School's principal said.
According to WSET, the letter said that school rules said that students could be banned for "condoning sexual immorality, practicing a homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity."
"We 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 principal wrote.
Doris Thompson, who has adopted and raised her granddaughter, said that Sunnie is now in public school, and 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."
"How do you label a child, eight years old, or discriminate against an eight year old child?" grandfather Carroll Thompson asked. "It just don't happen."
Officials at Timberlake Christian refused to comment on camera, but one administrator insisted to WSET that the problem with Sunnie went "far beyond her hair length" because her boyish looks "disturbed the classroom environment."
"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, 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," Sunnie's grandmother pointed out.
After their experience with Timberlake Christian School, Doris and Carroll Thompson said they had no plans to re-enroll Sunnie there next year.
Watch the video below from WSET, broadcast March 5, 2014.
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4UMF NEWS) 8 year old in Va can't return to school due to tomboy looks aren't biblical An 8-year-old girl in Virginia has been told that she can not return to her Christian school because she defied "biblical standards" by looking like a boy. Doris Thompson told WSET that her granddaughter, Sunnie Kahle, was forced to enroll in public school and...
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Leland Judsyn wrote March 28, 2014 2:13:24 AM CET
Last time I checked the Bible did not include a dress code for kids.
Kittyboo wrote March 28, 2014 12:25:31 AM CET
Wow absolutely disgusting, God loves her just the way she is.. well the God i believe in does.. All churches and religious schools are businesses making money.. don't need to go to church to believe in a higher power.. and if churches are so rigid in rules it's no surprise a school set up to brain wash them into believing they must live their lives and do things the way a book says then that young girl is better off... id go so far as to say she is now FREE from slavery... i would love to challenge the narrow minded principle of that school.. leave him alone with me for an hour and his whole world view and belief system would be destroyed and i will be his truth and i will set him free... Muhahahaha
Azznerak the Black wrote March 27, 2014 10:10:40 PM CET
I love how these laughable Christians follow a religion of "love" , yet only love and accept those who blindly follow their laws. HA!!!! Useless.
godnodog wrote March 27, 2014 11:01:25 AM CET
Clearly these people never seen Jesus visual depictions!
And don´t come with some talk that times were different, he weared what now would look kinda of a dress, and LONG HAIRS... just like a girl.
PS.:Not sure if I managed to get the pic to show