A Virginia Christian school told an 8-year-old girl’s grandparents that she’s too much like a boy for them to offer her enrollment for the next school year.
Sunnie Kahle’s grandparents received a letter from Timberlake Christian School that said the 8-year-old’s short hair had other students confused about whether she’s a boy or a girl. The principal wrote that Sunnie, who loves sports and sneakers, doesn’t meet the school’s “biblical standards,” according to WSET.
Sunnie’s grandparents, Doris and Carroll Thompson, decided to pull her out of the school when they learned she wasn’t welcome there anymore.
"How do you label a child, eight years old, or discriminate against an 8-year-old child?" said her grandfather, Carroll Thompson.
Now attending a public school, Sunnie misses her old friends.
"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 Thompson said.
"You're probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment," Doris read from a part of the letter.
The letter says the private school reserves the right to refuse enrollment for condoning sexual immorality, practicing a homosexual lifestyle, or an 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 letter said.
The Thompsons say their granddaughter isn't confused about her gender.
"Sunnie says, 'I'm a girl, I know I'm a girl' and she said then you know, you're acting like and looking, and wanting to look and act like a boy" said Doris.
"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," said Doris.
A school administrator told WSET that the problem with Sunnie goes a lot further than hair length, stating that "things disturbed the classroom environment."
The school’s website says, "TCS strives for academic excellence with a Christ-centered, discipleship focus. Students are grounded in the truths and implications of the Gospel through the preaching and teaching of our daily Bible classes, weekly chapels and accountability groups, as well as a curriculum consistently taught from a biblical worldview."