Right on the heels of the story about Kamryn Renfro, who was sent home from school for shaving her head to support a friend with cancer, comes the tale of Sunnie Kahle, who has been kicked out of school for being too much of a tomboy.
Eight-year-old Sunnie was attending Timberlake Christian School, in Timberlake, Virginia, but her grandparents have removed her after receiving a letter telling them she will be refused enrollment next year if she doesn’t start following the school’s “biblical standards.”
The letter sent to Sunnie’s grandparents, Doris and Carroll Thompson, with whom she lives, states that administrators “can refuse enrollment for condoning sexual immorality, practicing a homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity,” reports wset.com.
Wow. She’s eight years old.
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.”
And administrator also reportedly says Sunnie’s problem goes “far beyond her hair length” and that “things disturbed the classroom environment.”
Her grandparents are upset.
“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” said Doris.
It’s a sad situation for all the unfortunate kids at that school, I guess. But not all Christians are quite so anti tomboy. In an open letter to Sunnie posted on The Huffington Post, the Rev. Emily C. Heath writes:
“Jesus does love you, Sunnie … The pastors at your school may disagree. That’s okay. Tell them that there are pastors out there who think that they are wrong about Jesus. I’m one of those pastors. And if you came to my church, or the churches of a lot of my friends, no one would say a word about what you were wearing or what your hair looked like…
“…Sunnie, I hope you know that God loves you. God loves you so much, and God loves you exactly as you are now, and exactly as you will be. Never doubt that, no matter what people say or do to you. Just like they don’t get to tell you how to dress, they don’t get to take Jesus away from you either.”