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Arkansas school official to resign following homophobic rant on Facebook page

Thursday, October 28, 2010
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Clint McCance

The Arkansas school board official, who recently posted a homophobic rant on Facebook where he encouraged gay kids to kill themselves, apologized for his comments on CNN Thursday night, and said he intends to resign from the school board.

Appearing on “Anderson Cooper 360,” Clint McCance said he will resign his post as vice-president of the school board for Midland School District in Pleasant Plains “to help my school, my community,” but his apology left some wondering if he was truly sorry, or just “sorry he got caught.”

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McCance, responding to a call to wear purple last Wednesday to support LGBT youth have committed suicide or have suffered anti-gay bullying, posted the following message on his Facebook page:

“Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE.”

McCance used the terms “queer” and “fag” repeatedly, and in follow-up posts promised to disown his own children if they are gay and stated that he enjoys “the fact that [gay people] give each other AIDS and die.”

In his apology, McCance said his “strong language” was “too emotional,” and that he “picked the wrong words to use.”

“What remains troubling is that Mr. McCance focused his regret on particular word choices not the animus behind those words,” said said HRC President Joe Solmonese, in a statement this evening.

“We hope he will take this time to reflect not only on the language he used but on what he can do to make the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people better,” Solmonese added.

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6 more reader comments:

  1. the only words I hear are back pedal back pedal back pedal! He is sorry he got caught. It would be horrible if the universe decided to punish him with the suicide of one of his two kids. BULLY BULLY BULLY! I knew a few guys like him in high school, 3 of whom were once closet homosexuals. It is always funny how the roughest, toughest, macho, homophobic guys are actually gay themselves. Your parents failed in your raising sir..they allowed you to become a coward, and though I should not assume, most likely a a racist. You should not be allowed anywhere near children. I hate to think how your views have shaped the minds of kids. You are a disgrace to those of us who have degrees in education!

    J McDonald
    St. Louis MO

    Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 10:38pm
  2. Truly. It is very likely he wouldn't be disturbed by one of his own children committing suicide. If he really believes as he speaks, and I suspect he does, he would see it as a mercy on his family and himself if one of his kids ended up gay and suiciding because of it. I'm glad he's resigning, may he NEVER have a position of trust or authority over children again.

    Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 11:25pm
  3. Eeeeukkkk! Arkansas Australopithecus! Doesn't he look like Wormtail from Harry Potter?! Good riddance Rat-man!

    Posted on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 5:42am
  4. Anderson, I am a gay man and I feel your anger. However, I think you laid into this guy a little too harshly. He comes across as apologetic throughout the whole interview. We (as LGBT community) should not be too harsh on those who "see the light" and try to apologize for their past comments/mistakes. I wish more Americans would realize the bigotry of their statements as Clint has done.

    Posted on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 6:18am
  5. One can only hope and pray this man has seen "the light", is truly sorry, and has actually learned from his horrible mistake. Of course, this is between him and his God.

    Posted on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 8:24am
  6. This man is such a liar. I do not believe that this man is sorry. He is sorry that he got caught. End. Of. Story.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 8:56am