8-year-old Virginia girl kicked out of school for being a 'tomboy'

By Camille H, Parent Herald March 26, 02:12 pm

An 8-year-old girl from Lynchburg, Va., was kicked out of her Christian school after being told she was too much of a tomboy.

"You are probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment," the letter stated, according to the Washington Post. "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."

The girl has since been enrolled in a public school.

"Sunnie realizes she's a female, but she wants to do boy things," grandmother Doris Thompson told WDBJ. "She wants to play rough and tough."

In an interview with ABC 27, an administrator from the school confirmed that the issue "goes far beyond" the girl's short hair cut, saying Sunnie is a good student but that there are some "things that disturbed the classroom environment."

On March 25, the school issued a statement that read: "We are heart-broken that Sunnie's grandparents have made her the subject of a public discussion. We regret that they made the decision to withdraw Sunnie immediately from Timberlake Christian School. For confidentiality reasons related to a minor, it is not possible for us to explain in full detail the volume of documentation we have concerning the situation that the grandparents have made public."

News of Sunnie's struggle comes on the heels of a similar story, in which Grayson, a 9-year-old boy from North Carolina, had his "My Little Pony" backpack banned from his school after he was bullied for it.

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