How Can Arkansas Schools Fight Bullying When Board Member Clint McCance Endorses It?

The color purple foe Clint McCance, the Arkansas school board member who called on “fags” to “commit suicide,” has brought the wrath of The Gays upon the Midland School District in Pleasant Plains. Protests are planned there for tomorrow, with activists and citizens around the state meeting to organize bus trips to demonstrate outside Midland High School where queer students undoubtedly attend.

Anthony Turner, the Midland alum who first reported McCance’s comments, appeared last night on AC360, where Anderson read a statement from Clint’s father Ron, who was as surprised by his son’s rhetoric as the rest of us.

Meanwhile, administrators at Midland continue distancing themselves. Say superintendent Dean Stanley in a statement:

The Midland School District, Board of Directors, administration, faculty, and staff do not support or condone the comments Mr. Clint McCance posted on his personal social networking page. Mr. McCance was not acting as an agent of the school board, but as a private citizen when this comment was posted. This post does not reflect the thoughts of the board or administration of the Midland School District.

The district strives to foster an environment that discourages all forms of bullying 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.

So Clint McCance Can’t Be Fired For Wishing ‘Fags’ Just ‘Commit Suicide’?

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  • meego

    By firing him! That’s how!

  • the crustybastard

    Mr. McCance was not acting as an agent of the school board, but as a private citizen when this comment was posted. This post does not reflect the thoughts of the board or administration of the Midland School District.

    As a preliminary matter, a school district is like a water district — it’s a subdivision of the government, and board members of a school district are elected in public elections.

    When you’re an elected government official you are indeed on the job 24/7, and you are indeed representing the government.

    If you can’t handle that kind of scrutiny, don’t run for office.

    Ergo, I call “BULLSHIT” on the school district’s remarks.

  • hudson

    maybe Dan Savage should run another contest as he did with Rick Santorum and give new meaning to “mcCance”. just a thought.

  • meego

    @the crustybastard: Completely agree. I call bullshit as well.

  • gollygeegaygoy

    Ironic that it is gay people having to stand up to protect children, in this situation. The fundamentalist bigots always claim that that is their main concern. Clearly when one of their own makes a disgusting attack on children, as McCance has done, the bigots would rather protect their bigotry than vulnerable children.
    Check out his sick supporters…

  • Lefty

    If this is mainly being reported in the media as an “anti-gay rant” then it’s being grossly mis-represented.
    As I said in the other report, if he had expressed a desire that all teenagers (regardless of orientation) should kill themselves he would have been removed immediately and told to seek psychiatric help. A man who was on the board of a school and who said that would rightfully be considered both extremely dangerous and unfit to be around kids.
    I doubt it would then be reported as “an anti-teenager rant”.
    But because it’s only the gay kids in the school that he is a potential danger to it’s being treated much more lightly.
    This wasn’t an “anti-gay rant”, it was a mentally unbalanced man in a position of influence at a school expressing the desire that all gay kids should kill themselves.
    The fact that he still hasn’t lost his position at the school and that the media are reporting it as a “rant” which allows the argument that he’s just exercising his freedom of speech to gain traction.
    This man is a danger to the gay kids in tat school and they should be treated with the same care and consideration as any other kid in that school – by the board and by the media.

  • Soupy

    I wouldn’t worry about renaming him. His name is mud already. He’s on the run and he will never live this down. I feel sorry for his wife and daughters and I hope that they abandon him.

  • ewe

    If the school board AND the town residents do not rid themselves of this homophobe then it is just proof that they all feel exactly the same way he does. No one working on behalf of children will be allowed to cower and hide behind any job protection status when vile attacks are being made against minors. We all know this idiot is just an immature redneck of a hick that has been saying this crap his whole life. He is now acting like the vampire neanderthal that he really is by camping out in some dark hole waiting for it all to blow over. NOT A CHANCE IN HELL.

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