(RNS) The family of a little girl in western Virginia has removed her from her private Christian school after administrators said she did not appear feminine enough.

Sunnie Kahle, 8, likes autographed baseballs and hunting knives alongside stuffed animals and jewelry, according to CBS affiliate WDBJ.

“It’s fun,” Sunnie said.

Sometimes her schoolmates at Timberlake Christian School asked whether she was a boy or girl, Sunnie told the station.

Her grandmother, who is her legal guardian, said she has just always been like that. “Sunnie realizes she’s a female but she wants to do boy things,” Doris Thompson said.

But administrators at the school in Timberlake, Va., did not appear to agree. They sent Sunnie’s grandparents a letter reminding them of school policy.

“You’re probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible-believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment,” Doris Thompson said, reading from the letter. “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.”

School administrators told ABC 27 they have not accused Sunnie of any wrongdoing and simply want the family to follow all guidelines set for students.

The school’s website says Timberlake is a ministry of Timberlake Baptist Church and has 400 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

(Melanie Eversley writes for USA Today.)

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11 Comments

  1. Poor kid! Only 8 years old!
    And another victim of typical religious bullying in the name of Holy Jesus.

    How many little girls must cry themselves to sleep at night, hated by others and taught to hate themselves as well – for their nature.

    Thanks again, to a pushy little doctrine called ‘Jesus’.
    Love has nothing to do with insidious religion and it should be abandoned.

    The more you steer toward Jesus the less humane you will behave.
    It is inhuman and it is nonsense. Some of us have come to our senses!

    • Telling her she’s not feminine enough was surely the most Christian thing to do here.

      Where in the Bible does it say that little 8 year old girls HAVE TO dress feminine?

      Why would they want that girl to dress feminine , anyway? I shudder to think, but it needs to be said: for pedophile reasons perhaps? Such as easier access, lifting a skirt is easier than ripping of trousers etc.

  2. The Great God Pan

    I am shocked to learn that a self-proclaimed “religious, Bible-believing institution” requires strict adherence to outdated gender stereotypes. Why, it’s almost as if those awful “militant atheists” are correct about what religion stands for! Who would have thought?

    • Headless Unicorn Guy

      Tip: When a person or institution describes themselves as “Bible-Believing”, watch out. Such self-description usually means they’re a jerk.

  3. Raymond donahue

    First let me emphasize there is no such thing as a “”Christian School” the school as an organization does not accept Christ. It is a school whose staff and supporters are beleivers. I assume their dress code prohibits the female staff from dressing like males such as trousers with a zippered fly. Ridiculous argument I agree but so if not feminine enough is also absurd Show me one verse to support this legalistic position. Another case of Pharisee’s running the show and depriving a child of a good education based on scripture. But maybe this example point to a none biblical education passing as Christian

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