Timberlake, VA is home to Timberlake Christian School, a small, private Christian school which aims to imbue students with the supremacy of God’s word, Christlike character, and the pursuit of academic excellence. However we’re not sure if removing an 8-year-old girl from your school because she’s got short hair is exactly Christlike.
But that’s what happened to little Sunnie Kahle, and her grandparents Doris and Carroll Thompson are angry.
The family received a letter telling them that if their eight year old granddaughter didn’t follow the school’s “biblical standards,” that she’d be refused enrollment next year. She’s out and in public school now.
Sunnie Kahle has short hair and a huge heart, and as far as her grandparents are concerned, she is a completely normal little girl.
The details of the letter go on to stress the Christian nature of the school’s program, and its need to punish Kahle over her appearance. Like Christ would.
“students have been confused about whether Sunnie is a boy or a girl” states the letter. “Administrators can refuse enrollment for condoning sexual immorality, practicing a homosexual life style, or alternative gender identity.”
Sunnie says she’s a girl, and her supportive grandparents don’t understand how the school could label a child like this.
“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, how do you do that? I can’t do that,” Doris told WSET.
Sunnie’s grandparents have no desire to put her back into Timberlake Christian School, but Sunnie still misses her friends. “She cries every morning to get on the bus, she cries when she comes home because she wants to go back,” said Doris.