Girl, 8, “Kicked Out” of Christian School for Looking Like a Boy

I’m not the religious type, and I understand that parochial schools have different rules and standards relative to a state funded public school. However, I think it’s unfortunate that some of the rules written and enforced at parochial schools are an extension of what I see as bigotry. You know, like telling the parents of a black girl who wears her hair naturally that her hair is a distraction and that it needs to change or be expelled (if you didn’t catch that story you can by clicking here)?

Or, like the following story where an 8-year-old girl was forced to be withdrawn from a ‘Christian School’ because she didn’t follow the schools “biblical standards,” by looking and acting like a boy? You know, like most Tomboys do? I’m only asking because it’s not like they were invented last week.

Timberlake, VA – Sports, sneakers, and short hair; it’s what makes eight year old Sunnie Kahle unique. It’s also what had her removed from Timberlake Christian School. Her grandparents pulled the plug on her time there after they said she was no longer welcome.

 

The family received a letter telling them that if their eight year old granddaughter didn’t follow the school’s “biblical standards,” that she’d be refused enrollment next year. She’s out and in public school now.

Sunnie Kahle has short hair and a huge heart, and as far as her grandparents are concerned, she is a completely normal little girl.

 

“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.

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Sunnie Kahle

Doris and Carroll Thompson are Sunnie’s grandparents. They adopted and raised the little girl and took her out of Timberlake Christian School when they received a letter from the school’s K-8 Principal.

 

“You’re probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment,” read Doris from a part of the letter.

 

The letter goes on to say that students have been confused about whether Sunnie is a boy or girl and specifies that administrators can refuse enrollment for condoning sexual immorality, practicing a homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity.

 

The letter goes on to reference specific Bible verses that affirm these beliefs.

 

The letter reads in part, “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.”

 

[…] An administrator from Timberlake Christian, said the problem with Sunnie goes “far beyond her hair length” and that the little girl is a good student, but that “things disturbed the classroom environment.”

 

[…] School administrators said they have not accused Sunnie of being anything or anyone and simply asked that her family follow the guidelines they set forth for all students. The Thompsons say they have no desire to re-enroll Sunnie at Timberlake Christian.

Of course they haven’t accused the child of being gay. But I’d be damned if that’s not what these religious nut jobs are implying. Yep, evidently it’s against sky daddy’s rule to have a gayish-looking kid enrolled in your Christian school. Yeah, I think it’s written in Leviticus — yeah, right next to the part where it says that shell-fish is an abomination to God. Yep, and who needs a lesbian in training on the playground of a Christian school with “normal” kids when the fire and brimstone falls from the sky as punishment, right? But hey, we must protect religious freedom n’ shit.

WSET.com – ABC13