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Family angry after school tells 8-year-old girl to act, dress like a girl

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TIMBERLAKE, Va. – A family in Virginia said they are furious after a Christian school kicked out their 8-year-old granddaughter for “not dressing like a girl.”

Sunnie Kale has short hair, likes to wear t-shirts and jeans and used to be a student at Timberlake Christian School.

Recently her grandparents, who adopted her, received a letter stating the school was not the best place to Sunnie because she “needed to dress and act more feminine.”

The letter states, “You’re probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible-believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment.”

The message from the school goes on to say students “have been confused whether Sunnie is a boy or a girl.”

It specifies administrators can refuse enrollment for “condoning sexual immorality, practicing a homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity.”

It even references specific Bible verses that affirm 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.”

Her family said she should not be judged but the clothes she wears.

“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,” Sunnie’s grandmother, Doris Thompson, said.

The school’s administration said the problem with Sunnie goes “far beyond her hair length.”

School officials said she is a good student but that “things disturbed the classroom environment.”

Sunnie’s family members said they have no desire to re-enroll her at the school.