Skip to comments.Little Girl Taken Out Of Christian School After Told She's Too Much Like A Boy
Posted on 03/25/2014 12:04:50 PM PDT by Dallas59
Timberlake, VA - Sports, sneakers, and short hair; it's what makes eight year old Sunnie Kahle unique. It's also what had her removed from Timberlake Christian School. Her grandparents pulled the plug on her time there after they said she was no longer welcome.
The family received a letter telling them that if their eight year old granddaughter didn't follow the school's "biblical standards," that she'd be refused enrollment next year. She's out and in public school now.
Sunnie Kahle has short hair and a huge heart, and as far as her grandparents are concerned, she is a completely normal little girl.
"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.
(Excerpt) Read more at wset.com ...
I’ll bet there is more to this story than a haircut.
The government school will have her using the boys’ room within a month.
Absolutely NONE of which apply to this little 8-year old kid.
You know darned good and well parents and guardians were told upfront what the expectations were for dress and conduct. Why do people think they’re “special” and they don’t have to abide by them? If you can’t respect the school’s rules, then don’t send your kid there.
And why did Grandma and Grandpa adopt this kid. I have a baaaaaad feeling about this kid's parents.
I wasn’t aware that the bible had dress codes for 8 year old children.
Wait....Let’s see what the rest of the kids look like....cuz I think we’re having our chain pulled.
Sure is. There’s a reason why the comments are from the ‘grandparents’.
I’m guessing something along the lines of “Heather Has Two Mommies (or Daddies)....
More here than meets the eye.
Yeah, I’m trying not to sneer that these admin people went their first for a rationale with an eight year old. I smell inept pharisees. Looks like a choppy history and some attendant emotional issues for this little girl. Serious Christians would try to help her. I hope she and her family find some.
Yeah, I don’t believe this story either.
The comments at that site are troubling. There is a lot of hate for Christianity out there.
Whether or not the school was right to warn the parents—or grandparents—I have absolutely no sympathy for parents who run whining to the press about the standards of the Christian school they wanted to send their daughter to.
Either go along with the rules, or leave.
The press, of course, is eager to take any opportunity to bash Christian values.
Their minds have been so poisoned they hate what they’re told to hate.
“You’re probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment,” read Doris from a part of the letter.
The letter goes on to say that students have been confused about whether Sunnie is a boy or girl and specifies that administrators can refuse enrollment for condoning sexual immorality, practicing a homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity.
The letter goes on to reference specific Bible verses that affirm these beliefs.
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.”
It seems wrong. But,,, I must admit, she does look like a boy. My Mom was a “tomboy” all her life!
The school is wrong. That is fundamentalism, and it’s wrong.
That site is my local news station. I got kicked off repeatedly for posting negative comments about Terry McAuliffe, including calling him corrupt. The city is the home of Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, and it's solidly red...for now.
Incidentally, it isn't "Timberlake", it's Lynchburg. Timberlake is the name of the school and the road it sits on. I would think WSET would catch such a moronic mistake. Well, no...I wouldn't.
Well...I can understand if she was dressing like a little slut or sporting tattoos, but wearing pants and having short hair is something that this school doesn’t like. She’ll have to go to another private school or enroll in public school. In defense of the school, they have rules and either the grandparents weren’t following them or the girl wasn’t. If they are that hard up on short hair and masculine behavior for little girls, it would be better for her and grandparents to seek another school.
I watched the video, she looks like a little tomboy....so what? I fail to see any proof that she is gender confused. What is with people?
The school has a dress code. It is irrelevant as to what you or I think the Bible says about it. The school has a right to enforce a religious dress code and anyone that doesn't wish to abide by that code can send their children elsewhere.
This is just another attack on religious liberty. I feel sorry for this girl that she has grandparents that refuse to give her guidance in her sexual identity. If they are encouraging some mixed up gender identity, then they will have to answer to God.
Or “mama” might be a drug addicted woman with no ability to take care of any kids let alone herself. Daddy may have been a one night stand for “mama”.
Doesn’t matter. That’s all anything thinks about here anymore...
long hair = scarf = hijab
long hair = scarf = hijab = Islam
I have little sympathy for the family.
Both my sons attended a local Catholic high school. Both my sons wore fairly robust sideburns. Between the graduation of my first son and this year, my younger son’s senior year, the new rector has tightened hair standards. The sideburns with which my older son graduated are no longer acceptable, and my younger son was asked to “trim” (more like “truncate”) his sideburns. He came home, told us, and then shaved his sideburns off.
No muss, no fuss, no crying, no complaining. No newspaper coverage, no nothing.
The school has a right to have and enforce dress and grooming standards.
Just gee whiz, some people are drama queens.
Always wonders me how stories like this get in the news.
Sure the school can do what they want. But I will tell you straight out that having short hair does NOT make one non-Biblical ( yeah I know the scriptural reference). Too bad this school cannot see belief in one’s Savior as more important than the ‘do dos’.
It is a rule at a private school. Follow them or don’t go. We have a similar dress code at our PRIVATE Christian School.
And that's the point. On the surface, this seems like a silly situation, and barring any other evidence, the school was probably silly to have created an scenario where the girl was pulled out. But religion is voluntary in our society: you don't have to participate, and if you don't want your child in a particular private school because of its particular sectarian rules, then don't put her in there, or pull her out of there, and send her somewhere else, and then let it go.
I am an LCMS Lutheran. Given the option, I did not put my children in a Catholic school, because I did not want them to have to participate in that part of Catholic ritual which runs counter to Lutheran teaching. But I didn't try to make the Catholic school accommodate my Lutheran children, nor would I expect the Lutheran school to be forced to accommodate Jehovah's Witness children, or Christian Science children, or Sunni Muslim children, or Theravada Buddhist children, or logical positivist atheist children. It's called religious freedom.
I was a tom boy as well.... With five challenging children (we really were brats in retrospect), my mom couldn’t keep up with all my activities and long hair....hence I got short hair.
I had to wear a dress to school because that is what the dress code was in those days but the minute I got home I was in jeans or shorts and a t shirt. It didn’t make me a homosexual or immoral or anything else. It made it easier to to take care of five active children
The little girl may have not been interested in religious training. It happens.
“Christian values”.... which are what exactly?
Since when is short hair or wearing a dress or not playing sports a ‘Christian’ value???
There are Pharisees in the modern day and it is important to recognize them
My great great grandmother was “agnostic” up until her last days. She accepted Christ a few days before her fatal heart attack. The thief on the cross had faith but lived a life of crime punishable by mans law of death. Christ forgave him in the last few minutes of his life and took him to heaven.
I don't see any proof that she isn't gender confused, either.
Like others have said, there's likely more to this story than the kid's hair length; the school said as much. But the grandparents, like so many these days, want to publicize their feeling of outrage, and go running to the media so they can wallow in the well of PC sympathy.
The school better have more than the info in that letter to go after an 8 year old child. Like it or not, she is just a little girl.
People are just dying to contact the media and make their outrage known. Notice the grandparents characterized this as a "personal attack." All emotion.
It sounds to me this is all over dress code violations, if the school has a dress code and the grandparents are violating it them’s the shakes kid.
Now if the school does not have a formal dress code, then maybe its time they make one. Though I suspect highly they have one on the books.
Yep. But the school still has a right to be idiotic.
Again, from what they said, they do have more. But they don't necessarily need it. If the child doesn't want to conform to the school's dress code, and the grandparents don't have the stones to insist on it---"How can we do that?"---then she needs to find another school.
It's not a personal attack, though the grandparents chose to characterize it as such. Unless you think all dress code and other disciplinary infractions should be ignored because the students are all little girls and boys.
The Pharisees have spoken.
I agree, where in the bible has a statement of what is the right clothes. The only thing about the bible about clothing is ‘fig leaves’, so should the Timberlake Christian School’s dress code be fig leaves?
You can’t mix two types of cloth according to Leviticus.
That it does.
I would have to agree that the child should not attend this school any longer. All I can say for sure is that it is not a good fit for her. Time will tell if their concerns are founded or not.
I guess “Christian values” are whatever a Christian private school says they are.
I went to prep school, and we had a dress code. None of us had any problem with it. But if you continued to violate it after being warned, then you’d be in trouble.
No, I have no trouble with short hair as such. But I do have trouble with kids who refuse to follow the rules, and parents who encourage them in their refusal.
Don’t like the rules? Then change schools. But don’t go whining to the press about it.