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. Michelle

    Wow, if that wasn't an ominous phuq up! This could be a busy thread tonight....

    October 27, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barb

      School board members can be removed and he should be without undo delay!!! This man is unbalanced and should not be near chidlren at all. His wife should be afraid, very afraid! See typical school board policy below...

      Section 1 The elected officers of the Association shall be ..... governments may be impeached for conduct unbecoming to their office, ...

      October 27, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    Lol

    October 27, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RaleighMatrix

    Gay's are human so we have to love you. But what you do is classified: Sick. But we love you.

    October 27, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. merle

    And I am sure he took this job because he a great role model a pillar of the community well respected and oh yeah a helluva dancer. Lets see how fast he can Moon Walk out of this!

    October 28, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. merle

    Or would the chiken dance be more his speed?

    October 28, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Michelle

    I wonder if we find out later that he had an affair with Rev Long

    October 28, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. RaleighMatrix

    Oh i apologize. i spelled that wrong, i meant Slick. As is Cool. Just a dunb typo. I'm exhausted cell typing all day. Again! Slick!

    October 28, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Michelle

    Freudian slip Merle?

    October 28, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. RaleighMatrix

    Let's all play master's and servants. Slick!

    October 28, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. merle

    What about Sigmunds under garments?

    October 28, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. RaleighMatrix

    It's going to have to come down to the Gays tolorating or ignoring some of what people are saying. I mean, just don't get so pyscho about it. These men are crvshed under the weight of trying to do the right thing. He a true revelutionary american. Who are you?

    October 28, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. merle

    I bet Clint was on the down low. Why else toss his career?

    October 28, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. merle

    @Raleigh...tolorating ignoring? That does not seem to be the way to be proactive against this mans words of hatred. Just give up? Is that what you want?

    October 28, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. merle

    Tolorate and ignore?

    October 28, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Michelle

    This is really going to be upsetting for Vince.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
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