October 28th, 2010
09:49 PM ET

Anti-Gay Facebook Rant Fallout: Join the Live Chat

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What he did shocked the nation. What Clint McCance will do tonight, which so many others don't in a situation like this, won't be easy. McCance, a school district vice-president, who posted very harsh words online about gay victims of bullying who take their own lives, talks only to 360°. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

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Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
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soundoff (418 Responses)
  1. Sam Smith

    I'm very glad to hear that he is resigning. He will now have time to reflect on the damaging power of his words. If he truly doesn't believe in bullying, then he needs to realize that discrimination is a fancy word for it. Words are powerful and hate speech hurts everyone.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  2. Rand B

    As an educator and gay, I am extremely sensitive to the issues. McCance has shown he is not and should be reprimanded and disciplined. In my school district, he would lose his standing in the community.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  3. Sam

    He now wants to be a champion of anti-bullying – give me a break.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  4. Nancy

    He isn't sorry for what he said – only for his poor choice of (strong) words...

    October 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  5. Emily

    @Casey Jones,
    Don't people who have a Facebook account have to agree to not make those kinds of comments, etc? (will they not be removed by Facebook, etc.)
    Can't they be held legally accountable?

    October 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  6. James

    This guy isn't sorry for what he said. He is sorry he got caught and know his life is a living Hell. Just like bullys like him do to other people.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  7. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    It doesn't really bother me so much about what Clint believes. I'm most concerned about how he conducts himself, as a public figure.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  8. Lorrie

    I will only believe he is sorry when he stands up and supports the gay community to have equal rights. Will he vote for gay rights? No he wont.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  9. Ed

    Note that when he was asked how he would react to one of his kids coming out to him, he said he would cross that bridge if it appears. There's no real change of heart for this man. He is just afraid now.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  10. Betty

    I don't believe this guy Clint, not for one second. This was not just some "mistake" as he characterizes it. The only reason he is on TV tonight apologizing is because of the hate mail and threats he and his family are getting.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  11. Charlotte

    Does anyone know what prompted this rant? Where has he been hiding if he is unaware of the suicide issue expecially in his position?

    October 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  12. Tim

    I don't believe him. Not at all. Notice how his eyes kept darting to the left? That's an involuntary action when someone is telling a lie....Anderson, I commend you. I couldn't have kept my cool while interviewing him.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  13. Heather

    Look at him... he has learned nothing from this situation!

    Is a little genuine remorse too much to act?

    October 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  14. Lauren

    Note that McCance only apologized about suicide and bullying. Clearly his homophotic and hateful beliefs stand. We can thank the radical religious right for creating this bigotry based on their intolerant dogma.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  15. Heather - Spokane, WA

    This man says that he does not believe in bullying but he just bullied a whole bunch of people. Hypocrisy comes to mind now....

    October 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  16. David

    What an awful man, hiding behind his 'Christianity'. Someone with that much hate, which he has, isn't a Christian!!

    I'm a proud gay man, with a family of my own and I think he needs some help and I hope he gets it, (help) that is.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  17. Stephen Heckler

    I am shocked that Clint McCance would say these horrible things about GBLT students. As a former teen who was bullied (not for sexual reasons however)I feel hurt by his comments, because they hit home to all kids who are bullied, not just GBLT students

    October 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  18. Libby

    What a sorry, sad man Mr. McClance is. Truly pathetic.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  19. William

    How ignorant a person can be. I am sorry for his kids, can you imaging living with a persona like that. I just saw your show Anderson and I could not believe what I was seeing. Thanks God I live in Canada.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  20. Kenya

    He "thinks" he was out of line?? He WAS WAAAYY out of line!!! Come on Clint.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  21. Jeanie

    I'll try and keep this short. My daughter has reasently been bullyed for being gay in her school by not only the crule teens at the school but by the teachers as well. I sent a letter into Elen. This teacher deserves to be fired and should be but has not been.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  22. Tom of Colorado

    I am not to happy how he responded on the fact that if one of his own children was to be gay, if he would disown. Any parent should be for 100% no matter of their sexual preference

    October 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  23. C. Scott

    I feel very sorry for this male (he's not a man) and his family. He still obviously feels the same way just sorry he got caught. His ignorance is amazing.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  24. Kali Skinner - AR

    @ Phil I have been born and raised in Arkansas. I live really close to where this happened. Stuff like this doesnt happen alot. AR is a nice place with (mostly) nice people. 🙂

    October 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  25. Andy

    I find it suspect that a few days ago, he was full of hate and now he is sorry. Why the change of heart, especially since he said his core values didnt change? This man changed nothing, he just got caught in one of his hate-filled rampages. Hate and Christian values seem to go hand in hand

    October 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  26. Gary James

    Does this man even know the defination of 'bullying'?

    October 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  27. Lisa

    Another sad part about this story is the guy has kids. The kids will grow up believing what their Dad says about gay people. The cycle continues.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  28. Quanzale McMath

    From all the sobering, & regrets somebody realized the publicity was too powerful. But as for a state official, he should have known better.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  29. Marita

    Ckint's comments tonight are weak. He should be able to say that he wouldn't use those words in the future and that if his kids were gay they would be allowed to stay in the house.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  30. alan

    He only appeared on the telecast tonight and retracted his statements only because of the backlash against him... he is concerned for the safety of himself and his family... he only regrets expressing his hate because of the repercussions.
    He is lying tonight to save his skin.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  31. Jordan

    As a Christian, who just so happens to be a lesbian, I was heartbroken over the idea that someone would spread this kind of message to people that this is what the Christian faith is about. However I am equally heartbroken a person who attempted suicide, because you sent the message that you wish I had succeeded.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  32. Mark

    His apologies were staged.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  33. Valerie

    I thought as christians we are supposed to hate the "sin" not the "sinner" – I hope and pray people realize that not all christians believe or feel this way. We are supposed to preach love not hate!

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  34. Raymond

    Now that he's been *made aware* of the LGBT Youth Suicide rate, is he also aware that it's so high because of people just like him?

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  35. Robert

    Bravo Anderson. You showed kids who are being bullied, how to stand up to a beast, like this.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  36. Charlie

    It really angers me when radicals like this get to off and then get to apologize after the fact when the damage is done.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  37. cindy

    thanks anderson good job!!

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  38. Mike D

    Interesting how he seems truly remorseful for making the comments and causing people pain, but is still brutally honest about his homophobia.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  39. Yasir

    He seemed sincerely apologetic for his actual words and its impact on specific people. However he obviously believes the message behind those words so very little that can be done to change such a narrow mind. I hope for more tolerance and understanding in a world getting far too extreme.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  40. michelle

    I'm glad that Mr. McCance has resigned. It needed to be done because it was the right thing to do, and my heart goes out to those students and their families.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  41. Heather

    Anyone who says they "don't know" how they would react if their kid was gay needs to have those kids taken away.

    Free Speech /= Hate Speech. Grow up, Mr McCance.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  42. Mary

    I appreciate McCants having the spine to appear on the show, but his contrition needs improvement. And even if that is how he will continue to speak and think in the future, as an appointed official, he should have a better understanding of current events. "I had no idea, as I'm sure most people don't, how big an issue suicide is in this country." Really?

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  43. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @JoAnn...FBs lack of "intrusion" is really head-scratching,not to mention frustrating.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  44. Jess

    As a gay youth, I find these statements appalling. I do not accept Mr. McCance's argument because he wouldn't have said these things if he didn't really think them- his "apology" comes only because he was caught.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  45. Carlos

    I don't believe him.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  46. Debra

    While I, sadly, was not shocked with Clint's comments I do hope that this experience has planted a seed of understanding in him and others with his views. Whenever your core beliefs are challenged or shaken - this can be a life altering experience. It isn't easy facing yourself in the mirror. I agree with Anderson - what Clint did by coming on AC is to be commended and he does have more courage and integrity than most politicians. I hope that this experience can open his eyes and heart.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  47. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    One can say this is unacceptable without threatening anyone life. What is that all about?

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  48. Cheryl

    I believe this man regrets the language that he used – he does not regret what has been said. God help his children if one turns out to be gay.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  49. John

    Everyone, What are your feelings about Mr. McCance? Be careful or you become just who you despise. Forgiveness is where its at

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  50. Matt, Miami FL

    Anderson, i too admire and thank God we have free speech in this Country. I cherish it and use it everyday. However it is irresponsible for ignorant hatred to exist or to even see the light of day.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
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