October 27th, 2010
08:07 PM ET

Arkansas schools officials condemn anti-gay comments

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."

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  1. RaleighMatrix

    The Bottom Line is that we all need to rise our social awareness and develop a culture that should slow itself down in regards to its nude friendliness.

    October 28, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. RaleighMatrix

    I do, however, believe that anyone that harrasses a gay person to an extreme level, needs a knife in their gvt. I believe that society needs to allow straight people to have the right to voice their feelings and that, without judgementalness. The gay organisations want all these rights but they want to take the rights away from others. They don't want others to be judgemental of them but all they are is judgemental of everyone else. In fact, the core and highest pride of the gay lifestyle is the be unabridgely judgemental.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Candace

    Whether we agree on things or not...I think sometimes things are better left unsaid.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. RaleighMatrix

    The youth of America is being deceived (and has been foq a while) into thinking that society is hateful and judgemental toward gay people, when in fact, it is the other way around. Nobody likes a person that overtly flounts their station in life, in front of you. For example if they were rich, better looking, an automechanic. We need the right to say we don't approve nor do i have to appreciate it. We need to accept there will always be criticism and belligerent, but to alter the core beliefs of another is like subjecting them to slavery.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. RaleighMatrix

    There is freedom of speech, there is freedom of religion, my beliefs on this gay issue is a part of my religion. You get the picture.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. RaleighMatrix

    I think the best thing for society is to develop a one mistake forgiveness clause. This guy made a mistake, he should be allowed to be confronted about it, and given a one time pass. We all have made, or will make, mistakes like things this. We are all trying to find our way through this menagerie of life.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. RaleighMatrix

    Again, thoughout my postings, one needs to see, at which points, the powderkeg of the gay/lesbian psyche, loses its containment. We have to realize the hard truths and not have rigorous freedoms be clouded by unbridled exciticism and pyschotic paranoia.

    October 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. RaleighMatrix

    Straight people do not realize the extent of the gay lifestyle which includes depravation, degredation, humiliation, oppression, depression, alcohol and drug abuse, self expiration. Any person or organisation that would promote and glamorize, and defend, this lifestyle, is a demonstration of the irresponsibility and degredation of their intellect and moral turpitude.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. RaleighMatrix

    The only thing they are offering is a shill promise. Then, put a cheap bandage on it, and splash colonge on everywhere.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. RaleighMatrix

    Candace- you say things better left unsaid? The problem is that things aren't getting said. Or that noone is listening.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. RaleighMatrix

    I apologize for my bad grammer. My texting set-up is completely funky. Otherwise it is my trait to produce acceptable grammer.

    October 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. orb

    Hey LoVonna Campbell you say you are a Christian but if you choose to accept a gay persons sin and endorse this sin doesn't this make you guilty of the same sin as they? And as far as RaleighMatrix, I can not tell if your for them or against them, ether you for them or against them (make up your mind!) But you do have some interesting facts about gays you are right they are sick individuals, and it should be against the law to be publicly gay! So be careful how much you let them know its alright for them to be gay, cause that is SIN itself.

    October 28, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. RaleighMatrix

    TY orb

    October 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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