Young girl breaches Christian school’s ‘biblical standards’
Doris and Carroll Thompson are Sunnie’s grandparents, and in February they received a letter from the school’s K-8 principal, Becky Bowman, which reminded them that Timberlake:
Is a religious, Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment. We believe that our biblical role is to work in conjunction with with the home to mold students to be Christlike.
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 enrolment for:
Condoning sexual immorality, practicing a homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity.
Ms Bowman missive goes on to reference specific Bible verses that affirm these beliefs, and 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.
Said Carroll Thompson, who, together with her husband, are also Sunnie’s adoptive parents:
How do you label a child, eight years old, or discriminate against an eight year old child? It just don’t happen. 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, how do you do that? I can’t do that.
School administrators said they have not accused Sunnie of being anything or anyone and simply asked that her family follow the guidelines they set forth for all students.
The Thompsons now say they have no desire to re-enrol Sunnie at Timberlake Christian.
Hat tip: Canada Dave and BarrieJohn