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Virginia Elementary School Tells 8-Year-Old She Isn’t Girly Enough

"Her dress and behavior need to follow suit with her God-ordained identity."

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The school's K-8 principal sent Sunnie's family a letter arguing that Sunnie isn't feminine enough:

Via wset.com

"You're probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment."

"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."

They don't care how she dresses.

"How do you tell a child when she wants to wear pants a shirt, and go out and play in the mud and so forth, how do you tell her, no you can't, you've got to wear a pink bow in your hair, and you've got to let your hair grow out long?" Doris asked. "How do you do that? I can't do that."

Even though Sunnie is a good student, the school told WSET-TV that, beyond her short hair, unspecified “things” about Sunnie disturb the classroom environment.

Via wset.com

The letter says students have been confused about whether Sunnie is a boy or girl.

"I'm a girl." Sunnie says. "I know I'm a girl."

"How do you label a child, 8 years old?" her grandfather, Carroll, asked. "Or discriminate against an 8-year-old child?"

The school's letter warns 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.

According to her grandmother, Sunnie is having a difficult time adjusting to her new school.

Via wset.com

"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," Doris said.

A message was left with Timberlake Christian School seeking comment after normal business hours Tuesday.