8-year-old girl removed from Christian school because she’s ‘too much like a boy’

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Sunnie’s grandparent’s say the little girl knows she is a girl and cries everyday to go back to Timberlake Christian. (Photo: ABC27)

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.

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The letter stated that if Sunnie didn’t follow the school’s Biblical standards, she would be denied enrollment next year. (Photo: ABC27)

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.”

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Sunnie’s grandparents say she’s a normal little girl. (Photo: ABC27)

“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.”

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Sunnie now attends public school. (Photo: ABC27)

“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.


  • JooooooMmmmmm

    Really a Christian school cannot accept a child that God obviously does. Not much Love or Charity!

  • Patricia

    They're correct. TCS isn't the best place for her education. Why on earth should she be subjected to judgemental behavior. Last I checked, Matthew 7:2 was in the very same bible from which they purport a basis of their foundation.

  • HIO

    What are these "so called parents" teaching their kids, that's its ok to exclude those that are different, discriminate. Did Christ exclude Mary Magdalene, not he did not. This tomboy should be sought out and brought back into the flock and accepted with all her differences and judge not by her looks, but by the content of their character. I hope the school and parents are not judge as they have judged others, when their time comes.

  • Denise P atterson

    As a Christian I am ashamed of my brother and sisters in Christ!!!! I was a tomboy climbed tress, build forts, played baseball etc……..until I was 12 and then noticed boys as people. Not someone to beat up. LOL…..sounds like a place with grownups have forgotten what being a kid means.

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