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

    I'm sorry that came across wrong!!! I was being a smart ass and kidding around with you. I have also enjoyed talking to you and no you have never been mean or rude. I forget that reading text does not always translate as one means to convey!

    October 28, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Michelle

    Oh crap – I really do come across as a "vixen" in type. I looked that word up and that was some scary stuff.

    October 28, 2010 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. merle

    And the nick name I gave you still fits.Lmao

    October 28, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. Michelle

    Have you looked the word up? Maybe 2 of the entries out of 15 were complimentary but the rest? Eek – "old fishwife" I can't seem to forget that one and, oh yeah, "shrewd" just to name a few...

    October 28, 2010 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. merle

    Female fox? A female fox will take out a female dog. Get the meaning as I see it?

    October 28, 2010 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. merle

    Anytime I used it was as a compliment.

    October 28, 2010 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. Michelle

    Yes, I get it now. I appreciate the clarification. And thank you!

    October 28, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. merle

    Glad to talk again. Have a good night. Peace

    October 28, 2010 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Michelle

    You too. Good night. 😀

    October 28, 2010 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Gazza

    Everyone has prejudices and that's not a big deal. But expressing such extreme personal views on the web written so badly when you're the School District Vice President is just stupid. This guy hasn't read loads of news reports of teachers and other public officials putting disparaging things on their personal web pages and getting fired over it??? Since he's quite the Poet Laureate his next literary composition should be his Letter of Resignation.

    October 28, 2010 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sherri W.W.

    I hope this man is removed from the school board by close of business tomorrow~no later!!

    October 28, 2010 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jim Brieske

    Have tried posting comment half dozen times. Nothing wrong with it. Let me express another viewpoint CNN or I will make phone calls tomorrow to the wealthy regarding you having denied my freedom of speech regarding this subject. It is discrimination.
    jim

    October 28, 2010 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jim Brieske

    Freedom of speech allows him to write what he wrote. Cast feelings aside and you will understand he can not be fired.
    jim

    October 28, 2010 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. gay

    GAY PEOPLE R LOVED BY GOD AND U STRAIGHTS WHO HATE US R PURE DUMB TRASH.

    October 28, 2010 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. gay

    THIS MAN NEEDS HIS PRIVATES CUT OFF SO HE CANT BREED ANYMORE DUMB LITTLE BULLIES. GOD HELP GAY PEOPLE FOR THE CRAP WE ENDURE AT THE HANDS OF TALIBAN STRAIGHTS. SOME STRAIGHTS R OK. BUT SOME ARE GAY PEOPLES TERRORISTS

    October 28, 2010 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
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