Christian school says girl too boyish

Last updated 16:48 27/03/2014
FAIRFAX AUSTRALIA

Timberlake Christian School in West Virgina, USA, calls 8-year-old Sunnie Kahle's appearance "confusing" other students.

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A US girl's family has removed her from her school after the Christian school she attended in West Virginia said she did not appear feminine enough.

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

"It's fun," Sunnie said.

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

Her grandmother, who is her legal guardian, said she has just always been like that.

"Sunnie realises she's a female but she wants to do boy things," Doris Thompson told WDBJ.

But administrators at Timberlake Christian School in Timberlake, Virginia, 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, Sunnie's grandmother, read 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 behaviour need to follow suit with her God-ordained identity, that TCS is not the best place for her future education."

School administrators said 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 was founded in 1966 and is a ministry of Timberlake Baptist Church. It has 400 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, according to the school's website. 

- MCT

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