News Release: Associated Press News
By LARRY O'DELL
FOREST, Va. (AP) -- An 8-year-old Virginia girl who keeps her hair short and wears boys' clothes has withdrawn from a private Christian academy under pressure from its administration.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.