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Christian school claims 8-year-old tomboy isn’t feminine enough


Who should determine if a girl is girly enough or a boy, boyish enough? 

Administrators at a Virginia Christian school believe they are the authority on the matter within the halls of their school. 

According to CBS News, administrators said that an 8-year-old's short hair and the rest of her appearance were not feminine enough for the school.  

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Sunnie Kahle, according to her great-grandmother, had long hair until she was 5 years old , when  she decided to give her hair to a child with cancer.  After that, the girl started to wear jeans and T-shirts. 

Her style of clothing and hair then caught the attention of the principal at Kahle's school, Timberlake Christian School. 

The principal sent a letter home last month that her tomboy appearance does not follow the school's religious affiliation and that it goes against a "biblical lifestyle."

The principal wrote in a letter to the girl's guardian, "We believe that unless Sunnie and 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." The letter was given to  WDBJ7 by Doris Thompson, Sunnie's great-grandmother and her legal guardian.

Thompson told WDBJ7 -,  "To claim that we are condoning sexual immorality in our home is nonsense. We are Christians.  We understand the Bible.  Sunnie knows it very well.  She has accepted Christ."

According to WSET, school administrators said they haven't accused Sunnie of anything, just asked her family to follow the rules all students at Timberlake Christian School abide by.  

Kahle's great-grandparents have withdrawn her from the school and she's now attending public school according to reports.  



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