8-year-old girl removed from Christian school for being too much like a boy
TIMBERLAKE, Va. — She’s eight. She wears her hair short. She prefers pants over skirts and enjoys playing in the mud. Her name is Sunnie, and although her name may elicit images of sunshine, she is in the center of a storm.
Her grandparents removed from her from Timberlake Christian School after they received a letter telling them if Sunnie didn’t follow “biblical standards,” she would be refused enrollment next year. She attends public school now, although she would rather be back at Timberlake Christian.
“She cries every morning to get on the bus, she cries when she comes home because she wants to go back to Timberlake Christian with her friends,” said Doris Thompson, grandmother.
As for the letter, it’s tough for a child of eight to understand.
The letter reads in part, “”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.”
Sunnie’s grandfather is frustrated.
“”How do you label a child, eight years old, or discriminate against an eight-year-old child?” Carroll Thompson asked.
The letter also states that administrators can refuse enrollment for “condoning sexual immorality, practicing a homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity,” according to ABC27. The school has not accused Sunnie of being anything, but said they simply want her grandparents to follow the guidelines set for all students.
Sunnie says she knows she’s a girl. She just likes to look and play like a boy. Her grandparents said they have no desire to re-enroll her at Timberlake Christian.