More than 14,000 people called on Clint McCance, a school board member with the Midland School Board in Arkansas, to resign from his post after making some hostile anti-gay comments on his personal Facebook page. The outrage over McCance's comments, which included suggesting that gay students should get AIDS and die, was widespread, and immense presure was put on both him and the Midland School Board to take action. After several days of sustained pressure on him, McCance announced that he would be resigning, and he apologized for any hurt his comments might have caused.
UPDATE: After nearly 15,000 signatures and nationwide outrage, Clint McCance has announced that he will resign from the school board, and he offered an apology for his anti-gay remarks. Check out the updated post on this here.
It's scary to think that a person who believes gay kids deserve suicide has a position of power within a school district. But sure enough, Clint McCance is indeed a school board member at Midland School District in Arkansas. And he has some absolutely troubling and disturbing views when it comes to homosexuality.
McCance took to his Facebook page last week, to blast what became known as Spirit Day, a day where all around the country, people wore the color purple to remember those LGBT students who were victims of bullying or suicide. For McCance, this was nothing more than a day of honoring "sin."
"Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers committed suicide. The only way I'm wearin' it for them is if they all commit suicide," McCance said, in one of the most ugly outbursts in recent memory. "I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed themselves because of their sin."
"Being a fag doesn't give you the right to ruin the rest of our lives. If you get easily offended by being called a fag then don't tell anyone you are a fag. Keep that shit to yourself," McCance wrote. "It pisses me off though that we make a special purple fag day for them. I like that fags cant procreate. I also enjoy the fact that they often give each other aids and die."
This type of language makes our schools less safe for all, and it shouldn't be tolerated by anyone, let alone someone shaping education policy in a school district. Demand the resignation of Clint McCance from the Midland School Board now.