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Christian school complains 8-year-old tomboy isn't feminine enough

Christian School Complains 8-Year-Old Tomboy Isn't Feminine Enough
The family of an 8-year-old Virginia girl has removed her from her private Christian school after the school complained her appearance wasn't feminine enough. HLN has more.

'We're talking about Timberlake Christian School in Virginia. It sent a letter to Sunnie Kahle's grandparents and they said she wouldn't be allowed to go to school next year if she didn't follow biblical standards and look more like a girl.'



WDBJ spoke with Doris Thompson, Sunnie's great-grandmother and legal guardian, who says Sunnie actually used to have long hair down to her waist until she asked for a haircut when she was five years old.

'She wanted to give it to a little child that had cancer who lost his hair. I said that's great, so we cut her hair and then she started wanting to dress in jeans and a t-shirt.'

CBS says the school got wind that students were asking Sunnie whether she was a girl or a boy, so the elementary principal, Becky Bowman, sent a letter home with Sunnie in February saying: 'We believe that unless Sunnie and 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 goes on to say ... that administrators can refuse enrolling for condoning sexual immorality, practicing homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity.'

School administrators told WSET they're just asking Sunnie and her family to follow the school's guidelines. Sunnie's grandparents have since taken her out of Timberlake Christian School and enrolled in her their local public school.

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Patti March 27 2014 at 4:38 PM

These people believe that they are the doctors of society, whereas in fact they are only the disease.

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wplawton44 March 27 2014 at 4:22 PM

just another welcoming Christain organization judgig? Wonder if they know WWJD?

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vinneyelias7461 March 27 2014 at 9:46 AM

Puritanical fanatics!

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supercare1 March 27 2014 at 8:10 PM

What is this world coming to. A school said God made her female so she should to dress like a female. I really don't think God cares what anyone wears. Shame on that school and its adminstrators.

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rezinc supercare1 March 27 2014 at 9:51 PM

you know nothing....

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pete March 27 2014 at 8:10 PM

It is unfortunate that the supposed Christian school feels so homophobic that they have to take offense at a very young lady who has not been treated very Christian like. They need to look at themselves before they point fingers at young children. Where is God's love in this church school.

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rezinc pete March 27 2014 at 9:50 PM

"supposed Christian" and just what makes YOU a scholar on Christianityj? Because if you were, you would know that the Bible teaches decency, morals, appropriate behavior for male and female... YOU have the right to NOT have decency or morals, just as a Christian HAS THE RIGHT to their beliefs. Don't YOU be so judgemental or intolerant.

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gianna_morrison March 27 2014 at 8:10 PM

Mark 12:31 -- "The second is this, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' There is no other commandment greater than these."

I wish Christians didn't have such a bad reputation. It is people like this who give them a bad reputation. They act like hypocrites and others take the blame. The girl is eight. Last time I checked, 8- year- olds didn't even know what "sexual" means.

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Bebe gianna_morrison March 27 2014 at 8:30 PM

I agree--so many Christians who make the news do so because they behave vert badly. There ARE good Christians out there who actually remember that Jesus taught about kindness, compassion and tolerance. The dummies at this school seem to have overlooked whole segments of the New Testament!

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rezinc gianna_morrison March 27 2014 at 9:48 PM

It IS NOT a sexual things, it is a Christian-based teaching how females and males present themselves. Know what you are talking about BEFORE you make incorrect statements.

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mlnysch March 27 2014 at 8:11 PM

How very Christian of them!

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rezinc mlnysch March 27 2014 at 9:47 PM

it never ceases to amaze me that people who don't know anything about Christianity makes such idiotic comments...

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BoniLu March 27 2014 at 4:21 PM

ALL THIS BECAUSE SHE HAS AND PREFERS SHORT HAIR?
Thats just crazy and NOT right or fair! It is NOT Christian mentality! Can't help but to wonder what Jesus would have to say about ths! Never mind I know what he would say.
"Suffer the little children to come unto me"

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Saul Nirenberg March 27 2014 at 4:21 PM

How disgusting. Timberlake can be creating a devastating instance in the life of this young girl. But they obviously don't care.

Becky Bowman is almost right. Timberlake is not the best place for any child's education, not just Sunnie's.

If TCS needs a license to be a school it should be cancelled.

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glidergw March 27 2014 at 4:20 PM

That school should be sued Thay should know GOD does not care what you look like, what
is your heart like

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bingoangle glidergw March 27 2014 at 4:40 PM

Everybody trying to play god

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