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November 1st, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Update: Arkansas school board member officially resigns over anti-gay post

Clint McCance submitted his formal resignation Monday.

Clint McCance submitted his formal resignation Monday.

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - A school district member in Arkansas who came under fire for an anti-gay post on a social networking site formally submitted his resignation to the school board Monday, according to the Midland School District superintendent.

The board unanimously voted at a specially called meeting to accept Clint McCance's resignation, Superintendent Dean Stanley said.

McCance, then vice president of the school district in Pleasant Plains, wrote on his personal Facebook page that he wanted gay people to commit suicide, according to The Advocate, a newspaper focusing on gay news.

McCance used the terms "queer" and "fag" repeatedly, promised to disown his own children if they are gay and stated that he enjoys "the fact that [gay people] give each other AIDS and die."

He apologized Thursday for the comments, telling CNN's Anderson Cooper that he planned to resign.

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  1. Annie Kate

    I'm glad McCance has resigned; maybe now all this will quieten down. I wonder how many people though share his sentiments and just don't post them on their Facebook. I hope not many but it probably will take another generation or two before there is widespread acceptance of the life style.

    November 1, 2010 at 9:47 pm |
  2. Angela Engardio

    I am so sorry for the Midland School District and community. How an adult, and worse yet a school faculty member, could participate in such malicious bullying is beyond my understanding. I believe our national focus needs to shift away from the blame game, which has become far too common place, and instead turn our attention to understanding toward accepting one another. Even in instances beyond comprehension like this example, threats of violence against Mr. McCance and his family equally cannot be justified. As Dr. King Jr. so famously said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” If we truly want to see change in how we treat one another we must all take responsibility in teaching our youth what tolerance looks and feels like – in all aspects: race, politics, gender, and sexual orientation.

    November 1, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  3. teresa, ohio

    Instead of all these people resigning and getting fired, why cant they simply be PROFESSIONAL in their jobs and lives? If you hold any semblance of a public job/ office... watch yer words, keep yer opinions to yerself.

    This guy here was just asinine. Maybe when he grows up his Kids will have decided to Disown Him.

    Also, I have to wonder in a case like McCance's when they board unanimously accepted his resignation so fast, were they trying to deflect any MEDIA ATTENTION away from themselves? How long had McCance been spewing his filth before they knew?

    The only thing that could make McCance's storyline better would be for him to tell of being victimized by those he so hates....

    November 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  4. s hembd

    Clint, come out come out wherever you are. Those are the ones with the most to fear. I waited till I was 30 years old to finally face the truth. I have many friends, as do many of us that even broke up marriages and seperated from children because they finally admitted to themselves they were gay. Why would some ignorant fool decide that we chose to be gay? When it is completely against the norm. To thine own self be true, or your life will be hell. Thank you sincerely, S. Hembd

    November 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  5. Helen

    I wonder if he's sorry for what he said or for getting caught. That is one sick puppy to say that he's happpy that peo0ple are getting sick and dying. First of all he should know by now that anynody can get aids it take only one bad blood transfusion and you can be dying of aids even if you are straight. I know that they are screening the blood now a days but their was a scandal in Canada about contaminated blood so it can happen

    November 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  6. Wendy Rousell

    He apologized for the language he choose but not for the comments he made. He's nothing but a bigot and should be charged with a hate crime. Surely the U.S.'s right to free speech does not allow a person to spew hate?

    November 1, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  7. John

    We have been blessed with the scientific determination there is a genetic motivator for a person to be a liberal. I have been a long time supporter of the premise gays are born with a genetic reason they are gay. I fully support that with the clear understanding other factors such as environment and an amount of choice also play roles. One can only hope they can find suitable treatments for both of these genetic defects and rid the worlkd of both scourges.

    November 1, 2010 at 12:11 pm |