Christian School Pathetically Pushes 8-Year-Old Girl to Leave for Dressing Too Much Like a Boy

sunnie-kahleI guess I missed that part where Jesus Christ said to love and accept one another – just as long as we adhere to societal stereotypes about what is acceptable for boys and what is acceptable for girls.  But apparently administrators at Timberlake Christian School know where to find that passage because they aggressively went after an 8-year-old girl because she dressed too much like a boy and enjoyed doing things boys liked instead of what girls should like.  Or at least what girls should act like according to them.

After 8-year-old Sunnie Kahle cut off her long hair to donate to a child who had cancer, the style stuck with her and she’s had it ever since.  She also admits to enjoying things that many boys enjoy, like rough housing, pocket knifes and collecting coins.

Well, her tomboy appearance and behavior was apparently too much for this pathetic school to take.  And while the school didn’t directly kick the child out of their school, it’s clear by their comments they were trying to force the girl out of their doors.

Take for instance the letter principal Becky Bowman sent home with Sunnie that said, “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.”

In other words, if she’s not going to adhere to the “norms” that the school supports, she shouldn’t be going to the school.  Yes, this is an 8-year-old girl who donated her hair to a child with cancer being treated this way by a supposed “Christian” school.  A student who had perfect behavior and a 4.0 grade point average.  The school went after this poor girl because she didn’t fit into their “traditional values.”

It’s absolutely disgusting.  It’s crap like this that makes people flee the Christian faith in droves.  These people claim they’re doing their best to expand Christianity, but their small-mindedness is destroying it.

But Sunnie is better off ridding herself of that school anyway.  She sounds like an amazing girl who doesn’t need to be in a place filled with such hate, ignorance and judgement.  It’s just a shame that this pathetic school, supposedly run by adults, felt so threatened by this 8-year-old girl.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Sue Roediger

    I had boy cousins – one a year older, one a year younger – they lived next door. They didn’t play with my dolls but I played cowboys, cops and robber, baseball with them. At my Catholic school, in first grade, I got in trouble from the nuns because I played tag with the boys, and “submarine” under the lunch tables. They really expect cookie cutter conformity. I hope this little girl’s family put her in a different school.

    • Sharon

      SUE, *I THINK* THEY WILL. =P The girl *STILL HAS* to go to SCHOOL, after all, *AND I THINK* that a family caring enough to pull her out of such a hate-filled school, WILL select a more suitable new school to put her in. =P THEY HAVE TO! She DOES have to go to school still – *SO I’M HOPING SO TOO,* heh, BUT I THINK they will. =P AND yes, IT IS pretty pathetic, isn’t it, how Christian schools and MANY CHRISTIANS IN GENERAL, treat their children…I’M not all that boyish-looking (actually, I’M NOT! =P NOT AT ALL! =P Heh =P ), but my BEHAVIOUR can be…sometimes it is like animals, too (that’s my Asperger’s, in both cases, I think =P lol =D ), AND MY GRANDMOTHER got on my CASE about it once, when I was a child, making it out like people were going to think I was some sort of an ugly monster or a strange thing – BUT I KNEW better than to listen to her – as I knew it was POINTLESS trying to pretend to be anything OTHER than what I WAS – as the real me would just show through ANYWAY (that’s what Asperger’s or any kind of autism DOES – makes it hard or impossible to HIDE anything =P ) – SO, I just ignored her and happily continued to be a tomboy ANYWAY. =D Heheheheheh. =D PART OF THAT was because it was who I was ANYWAY, and PART OF IT was so I could continue playing with my brothers, as I only HAD them and no sisters – BUT, I didn’t mind – I was just fine with it, as I liked them (we stopped arguing and being otherwise horrible to each other from about the time we were little kids onwards – and it was good, as a result – we enjoyed each others’ company and could play and chat for hours together, AND WE STILL get on just fine with each other NOW. =D hehehe. =D ).

      • Paul Julian Gould

        Sharon, I’m not a moderator, so feel free to ignore this, if you wish. That said with all due respect, your formatting of your paragraphs and the mixed-case made this difficult to read. We are in agreement fully both as to the issues, and also being on the Autistic spectrum, so please understand, I’m not disagreeing with the content, just the presentation.

  • freethinker666

    Most christians are assholes, who knew.

    • WilmRoget

      Nice bigotry there. Atheism is a prejudice, and ‘free thinker’ is as accurate as ‘moral majority’.

      • Sharon


      • WilmRoget

        Yes, it is a prejudice, and screaming in all caps in not going to change this.

      • Soonerfreak

        Sadly, “Christianity” becomes code word for CONTROL. Very clearly demonstrated here. The headmistress obviously sought out, and was sought out by other control freaks for her job. This family should run, not walk for the door.

      • WilmRoget

        Nice prejudice there, but your assertion and use of scare quotes demonstrates that atheism is a prejudice, as you judge all Christians by the actions of some.

      • freethinker666

        Atheism is silly, but believing in a cosmic Jewish zombie who died for your sins is perfectly acceptable.

      • WilmRoget

        Your derogatory characterization of Christian belief only demonstrates the intrinsic viciousness of atheism, and your character.

      • freethinker666

        This is deja vu all over again, I have had this idiotic conversation with you on other chat rooms. Spin it all want the reality is you’re still an idiot. BTW buy yourself a dictionary, and have one of your friends read it to you. hell have both of them read it to you.

      • WilmRoget

        With every insult, you model the very behavior that shows that atheism is a prejudice.

        The nastier you are, the more you show that I am right on this issue.

      • freethinker666

        Your continued use of words you do not know the meaning of and your refusal to answer my question shows me that i’m correct in calling you a fucking idiot.

      • WilmRoget

        Your obscenities and insults only demonstrate that you lack civility and a reason-based argument.

        Remember, the nastier you are, the more you demonstrate that atheism is simply an excuse to be nasty to most of humanity.

      • freethinker666

        Actually you just proved my point, most christians are assholes. Atheism is a prejudice, but forcing a little girl to conform to your narrow minded perverted views of how she should behave is good christian values.

      • WilmRoget

        “, most christians are assholes. ”

        Yet I am not the one acting in that manner, so yes, you’ve demonstrated that atheism is a prejudice.

        “but forcing a little girl to conform to your narrow minded perverted views of how she should behave is good christian values.”

        Since I have done no such thing, nor argued any such thing, you are living down to the very thing you accuse ‘most Christians’ of being.

      • freethinker666

        And yet I don’t see you condemning their behavior? Silence implies consent. Atheism is a prejudice? yet they are using their faith as an excuse to be narrow minded bigoted assholes.

      • WilmRoget

        Guess what? The universe is not limited to what you see.

        “Silence implies consent. ”

        Just because you do not hear or see something, does not mean anyone is silent.

        Bear in mind, homophobes pull that stunt all the time, and I could certainly list a large number of evils in the world that you appear to be silent about – you would hate being judged by the standard you just used.

        “Atheism is a prejudice?”

        Yes it is.

      • Jay Hale

        Atheism is a lack of belief in a deity. Nothing more.

      • WilmRoget

        Your false assertion doesn’t help you any. After all, racists and homophobes have simplistic, false descriptions of their beliefs that trivialize the consequences and impact of their prejudice, too.

      • Jay Hale

        You’re the one making false assertions, sorry.

      • WilmRoget

        No, I’m not.

      • freethinker666

        And yet you still don’t denounce the schools actions. BTW if atheism is a prejudice, then not playing chess is a game.

      • WilmRoget

        And again, you lie about things you cannot possibly know.

        “if atheism is a prejudice, then not playing chess is a game.”

        False comparisons like that only reveal your incompetence.

      • freethinker666


      • WilmRoget

        Screaming your demands in all caps like some sort of school yard bully, or like homophobes do, is not helping you.

        Nothing in my posts indicates that I condone the actions of the school, but your attempt to dodge your own vicious behavior puts you on the same moral level as the school.

        Your bigotry is not excused by the bigotry or stupidity of the school administrators.

      • freethinker666

        Do you condone the actions of the school? yes or no? And yes everything in your post leads me to believe you are the bigot you accuse me of being. One more time do you condone the actions of the school. Simple question yet you refuse to answer it.

      • WilmRoget

        Do you condone the actions of Putin, yes or no?
        Do your condone the actions of Robert Mugabe’, yes or no?

        Do you condone the actions of Kim Jong-il, yes or no?
        Do you condone the actions of Idi Amin, yes or no?

        Do you condone Richard Dawkins’ trivialization of pedophliia, yes or no?
        Do you condone the actions of Scott Roeder, yes or no?
        Do you condone the actions of atheist Jim Adkisson, yes or no?

        Now, in none of your posts so far have you asserted that you condemn these people and their behavior, so by the standard you are trying to invoke, and the bullying you are using, you must condone them for you have not condemned them.

        “And yes everything in your post leads me to believe you are the bigot you accuse me of being. ”

        And yet, nothing in my posts indicates any such thing, so your unfounded accusation only reveals your character.

        “Simple question yet you refuse to answer it.”

        Please quote the specific sentence in which I refuse to answer anything you’ve asked?

        Do you condone the actions of the atheist, Napoleon Bonaparte, yes or no?

        Do you condone the actions of the atheist, Than Shwe, yes or no?

        Do you condone the actions of atheist, Jeffrey Dahmer, yes or no?

        Do you condone the actions of the atheist, Benito Mussolini, yes or no?

        By the line of reasoning you are trying to bully me with, you must condone these people because you have not publicly condemned them.

      • freethinker666

        No to all of the above, now answer my question asshole.

      • WilmRoget

        Your use of obscenity means that really, you do condone all of it.

      • WilmRoget

        By the way, you clearly condone lying, since you have done so much of it already. Do you condone murder? Atheism has no condemnation of murder. Atheism has no condemnation of rape, theft, slander, or any other wrong at all.

        You choose an ideology that contains no condemnation of any wrong doing whatsoever. By your line of reasoning, one could conclude that you not only condone murder, rape, theft, slander, but that you choose atheism because it does not condemn these wrong and destructive behaviors.

      • freethinker666

        I have no idea what you are trying to say, but my mother always taught me not to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man.

      • WilmRoget

        Insults like that a very poor way to show that atheism is not just an excuse to insult and denigrate people – i.e., a prejudice.

        If you did not understand what has been presented to you in plain English, written for a minimum high school level of education, ask for an explanation next time, instead of trying to salve your ego by being petty and rude.

  • Stu Endorf

    So make them ALL wear uniforms then…