Midland, Ark., school board president, Clint McCance, under fire for anti-gay comments on Facebook page, saying he “loves the fact that gay people give one another AIDS.
Arkansas Department of Education has egg on its face over anti-gay comments Midland School District President Clint McCance posted on his personal Facebook page saying he wanted gay people to commit suicide, according to the Advocate. He reportedly used derogatory terms, such as “queer” and “fag” repeatedly and even promised to disown his own children if they were gay, as well as stated he enjoys “the fact that [gay people] often give each other AIDS and die,” according to CNN. What an incredibly mean and ugly thing to say.
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.” Source: CNN
I find it absolutely abhorrent that he cannot be removed from his position because of state law. According to the Advocate, Julie Thompson, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Education, said it may be impossible for him to be removed from office as a board member in the Midland school district.
“In Arkansas law, the only way to recall a school board member is over a felony [committed by him or her] or absentee issues,” said Julie Johnson Thompson, the director of communications for the Arkansas Department of Education in Little Rock. Source: The Advocate
There should be zero tolerance for anyone in public office, serving on a school board, or in any similar capacities serving the public, to get away with making such derogatory and insensitive statements. He was literally advocating violence against people who have a right to live as they choose.
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