The family of a young girl in Virginia claims that the private Christian school she attended discriminated against her--all because of the way she looks.
Sunnie Kahle, 8, has short hair and, according to her grandparents, a huge heart. Doris and Carroll Thompson adopted and raised Sunnie, and eventually enrolled her in Timberlake Christian School; a kindergarten through 8th grade private institution.
All seemed well until one day when her grandparents received a letter from the principle. The letter stated that students have been confused over whether Sunnie was a boy or a girl, and specifies that administrators can refuse enrollment for condoning sexual immorality, practicing a homosexual lifestyle, or alternative gender identity. The letter even referenced specific verses out of the Bible to assert these beliefs.
"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 read.
An administrator from Timberlake Christian refused to go on-camera, but said that although Sunnie is a good student, the problem with her goes "far beyond her hair length" and instead involves "things" that "disturbed the classroom environment."
"How do you tell a child when she wants to wear pants and 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.' How do you do that? I can't do that," her grandmother said.
The family took Sunnie out of Timberlake Christian after receiving the letter. They said that they have no desire to re-enroll Sunnie at the school.