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.
- Midland School District
I am deeply troubled by a report documenting some recent comments from one of your school board members, Clint McCance. As covered here - http://www.hrcbackstory.org/2010/10/meet-the-face-of-hate-midland-school-board-member-gives-voice-to-bigotry/ - McCance took to his personal Facebook page last week to condemn students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.
McCance even went so far as to suggest that all gay students should commit suicide, or that they should get AIDS and die.
This is unacceptable rhetoric from a school board official. I demand that Clint McCance resign immediately from the Midland School Board, and issue an apology to the students, parents, teachers, staff, and community residents who were deeply hurt and offended by his dangerous rhetoric.
Thank you for your time.
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