WSET TV is reporting that the grandparents of an eight-year old attending Timberlake Christian School in Virginia, have received a letter from the school’s K-8 principal complaining the child is not feminine enough.
“You’re probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment.” Read the letter sent to Carroll and Doris Thompson, the grandparents of eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle. “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 threatened that if Sunnie didn’t follow the school’s “biblical standards” she would not be allowed back in the fall. To their credit, Sunnie’s grandparents, who have adopted and are raising the little girl, didn’t wait for September. Sunnie is now enrolled in public school. As far as her grandparents are concerned, she’s fine just as she is.
Sunnie has short hair and prefers jeans and sneakers and she’d rather play outside than dress dolls. None of that bothers her grandmother, Doris Thompson.
“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? Asked Doris. “How do you do that? I can’t do that.”
The school claims their problem with Sunnie goes beyond her short hair, writing that unspecified “things” about Sunnie disturb the classroom environment. The letter says students have been confused about whether Sunnie is a boy or girl.
Problem solved. They should ask Sunnie. “I’m a girl.” She says. “I know I’m a girl.”
“How do you label a child, eight years old? Asked her grandfather, Carroll Thompson. “Or discriminate against an eight-year-old child?”
Though his questions were meant to be rhetorical, the school has found a way to do just that. Their letter warns that administrators can refuse enrollment for “condoning sexual immorality, practicing a homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity”.
Well done Doris and Carroll Thompson!
But wait. Before you cheer for a happy ending, you should know Sunnie’s grandparents report she cries every day for her friends at Timberlake Christian.
I’m sure there must be something in that Timberlake bible about bullying the children entrusted to their tender mercies.
h/t Chris Berryman
Photo: WSET TV
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