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

    @michelle how is prop 19?

    October 28, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. RaleighMatrix

    It think he was just trying to write an essay folmulating variovs criticisms.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. RaleighMatrix

    It think he was just trying to write an essay folmulating variovs criticisms. Just for the prupose of putting all the rotten eggs in one basket, and examining it.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Michelle

    Is this who I think it is?

    October 28, 2010 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. merle

    If he is putting eggs in a basket he will use them to get his butt out of the skillet. Down low.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Michelle

    @ Raleigh:Sounds gross and stinky.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. RaleighMatrix

    He has denied he was doing something wrong. Nobody lnnks at my facebook. Us guys just aren't always the center of everyone's iniverse. If you expect someone to see it, you won't put it up for them to see. If you havent had a hit for a year and a half?

    October 28, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. merle

    Someone stole my last screen name. Last hint...kids grandkids.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Michelle

    But as a public figure he had to know the possibility was there...

    October 28, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. merle

    Dont write what you dont want read.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. Michelle

    I knew it! Wow, I feel violated. You're sneaky but that prop 19 gave it away!Stalker!

    October 28, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. RaleighMatrix

    Actually went nude activity is discussed in public it is always gross and stinky like Gay nude activity. The cloud of the stench of theis sins rose up to heauen- sodom and gammora

    October 28, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. merle

    @michelle stalker hell no I did enjoy talking in the past. Sorry to upset you I was trying to be honest let you know who the name I became. When was ever mean or rude to you?

    October 28, 2010 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Michelle

    Where'd you go Merle?

    October 28, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. merle

    uh

    October 28, 2010 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
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