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8-year-old girl not welcome in Christian school for being too boyish

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School administrators at Timberlake Christian School (TCS) in Lynchburg, Virginia, sent a letter to Sunnie’s adoptive parents (her biological grandparents) informing them God made Sunnie female, therefore she is expected to dress and behave according to her biological gender. According to them, Sunnie needs to adhere to her birth gender or TCS may not be the best place for her to attend school.

The letter states other students are confused as to whether Sunnie is a boy or girl and the school administrators can refuse Sunnie’s enrollment next year due to condoning “sexual immorality, practicing a homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity.” They claim Sunnie is a “disturbance” to the school’s environment.

The letter reads in part, "We believe that unless Sunnie as well as her family [sic] 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."

Eight-year-old Sunnie has a short haircut, likes sports, sneakers and prefers wearing pants than dresses. Carroll and Doris Thompson, Sunnie’s grandparents, feel the school’s stance is labeling and discriminative in nature. Doris says she will not force Sunnie to wear pink bows nor make her grow her hair long. They plan on enrolling Sunnie in a public school next year.

Accolades to the grandparents for allowing Sunnie to be herself and not be molded into what society thinks she should be. She is only eight-years-old, let her behave the way she feels most comfortable.

Original story from WSET-TV was aired on March 5.

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