TIMBERLAKE, VA (PIX11) — An eight-year-old Virginia girl was told she wouldn’t be allowed back at her private Christian school for the next school year because she looks and acts “too much like a boy.”
Sunnie Kahle’s grandparents, Doris and Carroll Thompson, say they received a letter from Timberlake Christian School stating the girl didn’t follow the school’s “Biblical standards” and would not be able to enroll next year if she didn’t change.
The grandparents pulled Sunnie out of Timberlake Christian and she now attends public school.
“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,” Doris told ABC27.
Sunnie has a short haircut and likes to wear pants and T-shirts over dresses and bows. Her grandparents, who adopted her, say she a completely normal little girl.
Part of the letter addressed to Sunnie’s grandparents read, “You’re probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment.”
“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 letter continued.
A school administrator told the station Sunnie is a good student but that things “have disturbed the classroom environment.”
“How do you tell a child when she wants to wear pants … 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 told the station.