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. merle

    Who is Vince?

    October 28, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Michelle

    He was a blogger from an article last night re Arizona's execution. I believe he's a passionate defender of gay rights.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. merle

    ?

    October 28, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. RaleighMatrix

    Yea. At the core of everx gay person's being is a powder-keg of scambling and raging.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. merle

    What?

    October 28, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. RaleighMatrix

    Yes tolerating and ignoring. Nobody in this entire wnrld is immune from criticism or ridicule. For any individual that thinks hat the whole world is going to pamper their every sensitive feelings is a deluded pyschotic fool. It will never happen. We are the champions. I've had my share of sand kicked in my face. but i've come through. God himself uses adversity to make the better human being.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. merle

    Well said

    October 28, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. RaleighMatrix

    When God blesses a person, things in that person's life gets better and better. But when God curses a person, things get worse and worse.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. merle

    I guess I was just thinking about this blog. I was not thinking big picure.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Michelle

    @ Raleigh comment #22:you are exactly right but this school board member took it to another level.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. RaleighMatrix

    When we obey God, he will bless us. But when we follow our own way, Satan asks God to take the blessing and issue bad karma.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. merle

    And dare I ask Who are the cursed?

    October 28, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. Michelle

    I was up too late blogging last night. Goodnight Gentlemen.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. merle

    So to have an original thought is bad?

    October 28, 2010 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. Incoherent Ramblings

    Weirdest trolling ever on this article... No sentence structure, no spell check? Did I just hit my head? So confused... American schools, lol.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
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