A school board official in eastern Arkansas is under fire for an anti-gay rant on Facebook.
Clint McCance, the Vice President of the Midland School District, was apparently not happy with a call last Wednesday to wear the color purple to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.
Before I share McCance's tirade on Facebook, I want to warn you. You might find the language offensive.
Also keep in mind, what you’ll read is his misspellings.
Here's his posting:
"Seriously," McCance writes, "They want me to wear purple because five queers committed suicide. The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this word have gotten this stupid."
McCance goes on, "We are honoring the fact they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE."
Six people actually pressed the 'like button on that post. But others fired back.
McCance responded in part with this:
"It pisses me off though that we make special purple fag day for them. I like that fags can't procreate. I also enjoy the fact that they often give each other AIDS and die."
Dean Stanley, superintendent of Midland School District denounced McCance's comments.
"This post does not reflect the thoughts of the board or administration of the Midland School District," said Stanley
in a statement.
"The district strives to foster an environment that discourages all forms of bullying and an environment that encourages a safe and productive educational climate of all of our students. The district is very diligent in pursuing and addressing bullying of any variety on our campuses," he added.
The state Department of Education and Arkansas School Boards Association also released statements against McCance's comments.
The Department of Education pointed out because McCance is an elected official it has no way to deal with him directly. So, should disciplinary action be taken against him? We'll talk with Anthony Turner, a graduate of Midland High School, who wrote a letter to the school board about McCance, and Rosalind Wiseman, author of "Queen Bees and Wannabees: Helping your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and the New Realities of Girl World", the best-selling book that was the basis for the movie "Mean Girls."
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