A Virginia girl's family says the Christian school she was attending threatened to kick her out if she didn't start dressing like a girl.
8-year-old Sunnie Kahle has short hair and a big heart. As far as her grandparents are concerned, she's a completely normal little girl.
"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," her grandmother, Doris Thompson, said.
Doris and Carroll adopted Sunnie and have raised the girl. They sent her off to Timberlake Christian School for her education but pulled her out after receiving a letter that said Sunnie's appearance has lead to some confusion in the school and she needs to dress like a girl.
The letter says that students have been confused about whether Sunnie is a boy or a girl and specifies that administrators can refuse enrollment for condoning sexual immorality, practicing a homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity.
"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".
For her grandparents, they're shocked that Sunnie could be branded in such a way.
"How do you label a child, eight years old, or discriminate against an eight year old child? It just don't happen," Carroll Thompson said.
Administrator at the school told WSET-TV the problem with Sunnie goes "far beyond her hair length". The administrator also said she's a good student but "things disturbed the classroom environment."
"How do you tell a child when she wants to wear pants and 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," Doris said.
The family says they have no desire to re-enroll Sunnie at the school.