October 28th, 2010
09:56 AM ET

Arkansas officials condemn anti-gay comments on Facebook

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - The Arkansas Department of Education has condemned anti-gay comments made by a local school board member and posted on a social networking site.

Midland School District Vice President Clint McCance 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 were gay, and stated that he enjoys "the fact that [gay people] often give each other AIDS and die."

A strongly worded statement signed by Dean Stanley, superintendent of the Midland School District, disavowed the remarks. "The district strives to foster an environment that discourages all forms of bullying," the statement read, "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."

A separate statement sent to CNN by Julie Thompson, director of communications for the Arkansas Department of Education, said the department is "dismayed to see that a school board official would post something of this insensitive nature on a public forum like Facebook."

Because McCance is an elected official, the department cannot deal with him directly, according to the statement. But staff will be monitoring schools to provide a quick response in case students are bullied because of McCance's comments, it said.

The posts were made, according to The Advocate, in response to a bullying awareness campaign sponsored by GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The "Spirit Day" campaign aimed to foster recognition of bullying directed at gays and the effects it can have on young people through a series of events held on October 20

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Nancy

    Mr McCance says he is sorry for the WORDS he used in his antigay, hate rant, but he did not say that he is sorry about his views.The deep hatred
    that he expressed does't go away in a few days. He may watch his language now but it doesn't sound like he will change his views.

    Thanks, Andersn, for your great model of how to confront a bully. It was a good lesson for all of us and a clear statement that all of us are part of the problem if we don't confront bullies.

    October 29, 2010 at 1:38 am |
  2. cristi whitson

    In response to the guy in Arkansas this makes me sick.Im from Arkansas&let me assure you we are not at all like this Guy &his beliefs.My mom is a substitute teacher here in Arkansas&i can tell you that the school board here would call a meeting about this&could vote him out if they chose to do so.He is an embarressment to Arkansas.

    October 28, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  3. Greg

    these kind of people need to grow up!!

    October 28, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  4. Jacob

    I am hoping for peace in all. Why hate? Why judge? Get a hobby or do something usefull, and for everyones sake just LIVE!

    October 28, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  5. Chris

    If our house is burning,do we really have to fix the leaky faucet? let's take care of our debt and our budget before we fancy ourselves with the most expensive, state of the art support programs. Not to say we should ignore them, but there is time for everything. A time to sow, and a time to harvest. We cannot harvest what we have not sown. No more spending, reduce the size of the government.

    October 28, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  6. Tim Brown

    I just wanted to say thank you for showing the bully's face and saying his name. I am so tired of these bullies being allowed to hide in the shadows and staying anonymous. We need to start showing them for the cowards they are. Keep up the good work.

    October 28, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  7. Vickie Show Me State

    McCance has his own little personal problem!! He sets a bad example. He doesn't need to have children!!!! He doesn't need to be around any children! I don't agree to their lifestyle either. But, its not any of my business. I don't pay their bills! I don't dwell on it. Period! This world is bad enough already, as, is! Why be sooo mean?

    October 28, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  8. Eugenia - San Francisco

    umm.......have you you guys looked at his facebook page? he is adding a bunch of new friends and they are in turn yelling & swearing at him.

    it blows my mind that there are people out there that think like him.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  9. Dan

    If he's a District Vice President, his spelling and grammar should be better.

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

    Anderson, the statement by the state board is a step in the right direction.They are feeling the heat brought upon by Mr. McCance's inappropriate behavior.Mr.McCance violated his oath to serve and protect the community with dignity and respect
    He should be expelled from the board.

    October 28, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  11. Sheldon Siegel

    Encouraging children (or ANYONE) to commit suicide is nothing less than a hate crime and should be treated as such. This piece of garbage, McCance, needs to be arrested and sent to prison for a good long time.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:54 am |