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Family removes 8-year-old 'tomboy' from Christian school in Virginia after getting ultimatum

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Sunnie Kahle, 8, puts on her shoes before leaving her home in Forest, Va. on March 26, 2014. Kahle recently withdrew from Timberlake Christian School in Forest, Va. after the school sent a letter asking her to either dress and act more feminine or not enroll again because she looked too much like a boy. (AP Photo/The News & Advance, Jill Nance) (The Associated Press)

An 8-year-old Virginia girl who keeps her hair short and wears boys' clothes has withdrawn from a private Christian academy under pressure from its administration.

Timberlake Christian School's principal recently told the child's great-grandparents, who have custody, that the school runs on biblical principles and has a right to deny admission to applicants for condoning sexual immorality, homosexuality or alternative gender identity. They said if the family could not adhere to those principles, the second-grader should not re-enroll.

The family transferred the child to public school. Carroll Thompson of Forest tells The Associated Press his great-granddaughter is a tomboy but is being labeled as something else by Timberlake officials.

Representatives of the school say there's more to the story, but they can't be specific because of confidentiality laws.

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