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School says girl not welcome because she dresses and behaves like a boy

Sunnie Kahle
Sunnie Kahle

If you're a parent of a young girl who likes to be a "tomboy" she can relate to 8-year-old Sunnie Kahle who has short hair and likes to swing a bat, instead of wearing ballet shoes.

On Monday WSET reported Kahle was pulled out of Timberlake Christian School, after the principal sent a letter home saying, "You're probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible-believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment" and goes on to say that students have been confused about whether Sunnie is a boy or a girl. It specifies that administrators can refuse enrollment for condoning sexual immorality, practicing a homosexual lifestyle or 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 goes on.

Doris and Carroll Thompson, Sunnie's grandparents, pulled her out of the school.

"How do you label a child, 8 years old, or discriminate against an 8-year-old child? It just don't happen," Carroll Thompson said.

An administrator from Timberlake Christian said the problem goes "far beyond her hair length." The administrator said the little girl is a good student, but that "things disturbed the classroom environment."

Her grandma asks, "How do you tell a child when she wants to wear pants and 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?"

What do you think? Should the school let Sunnie keep her tomboy looks?

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