Start the countdown clock for Clint McCance — a Midland School Board Member in Arkansas — issuing a public apology for posting to Facebook about how the only way he would wear purple on Spirit Day to honor fallen gay teens is “is if they all commit suicide.” And how he would disown his own kids if they were gay.
McCance is the president of Ty-De Services (“Offering the best hot water steam extraction cleaning for carpets, upholstery, and ceramic tile. Also offer 24/7 water restoration service”). He’s also a school district board member, which makes his attack on gay youth all the more upsetting, given his position of power to oversee their education.
The initial post read:
Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers committed suicide. 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 therselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE.
After folks started leaving comments on McCance’s Facebook wall (which is now locked down), he responded:
No because being a fag doesn’t give you the right o ruin the rest of our lives. It you get easily offended by being caleld a fag then don’t tell anyone you are a fag. Keep that shit to yourself. I don’t care how people decide to live their lives. They don’t bother me if they keep it thereselves. It pisses me off though that we make special purple fag day for them. I like that fags can’t procreate. I also enjoy the fact that they often give each other AIDS and die. If you aren’t against it, you might as well be for it.
Without question, this man must lose his board seat. It is not a matter of his First Amendment rights. Let this guy spew all the bile he wants on his own free time (and Facebook page). It is the matter of what’s in the best interest of children — and it is certainly not a man who thinks gay youth should kill themselves. This man just wrote himself into history as a human stain.
For what it’s worth, one GreatSchools.org reviewer of Midland High School has this to say:
I am a senior at Midland High School, and I have to say that my years at Midland have been amazing! It is truly a wonderful school with excellent teachers and an amazingly accepting atmosphere. If I am blessed with a family in the future, I will definitely send my children to the Midland Shool District!