Earlier this week a Christian grade school in Roanoke, Virginia earned international headlines for telling an eight year-old tomboy that she could not return to class until she looks more like a girl because her style of dress was sexually immoral. Yesterday the anti-gay Liberty Counsel offered to defend the school if the child’s family decides to sue.
On Wednesday, Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel and dean of the Liberty University School of Law, issued a statement saying Liberty Counsel would publicly represent the school. “This matter is far beyond a simple ‘hairstyle and tomboy issue’ as inaccurately portrayed,” the statement said. School business administrator Earl Prince said Wednesday the school would hold off on commenting further, at least for the night. Doris Thompson said she heard an apology from a Timberlake Baptist Church pastor who told her she should have been contacted for an in-person appointment, rather than receiving those concerns in a letter. She said forgiveness is something she’ll have to pray and think on.
The child’s great-grandmother has told the press that Sunnie is too young to understand concepts like gender identity, but if Sunnie were to grow up to be lesbian or transgender, “I would love her that much more.” (Tipped by JMG reader Smith)