Clint McCance, a member of the school board for Midland School District in Pleasant Plains, Arkansas is under fire for a hate-filled Facebook tirade about last week’s Spirit Day.
The purpose of the Facebook Spirit Day Campaign was to honor the recent suicides of LGBT youth who were bullied because they were gay or perceived to be gay, but also to remind other LGBT teens that there is support. McCance allegedly took to his own Facebook page, which was captured in a screenshot, to declare his personal feelings about Spirit Day.
The language is harsh and is a direct quote, typos and all.
“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.”
Clint McCance is a school board member. McCance is responsible for the welfare of children. And Clint McCance is a bully. Clint McCance is a school board member who alleged expressed his distaste for gays on a day many others chose to express support for LGBT youth.
On October 26, the Human Rights Campaign declared McCance the “Face of Hate” and the “Voice of Bigotry”. Word has rapidly spread through the Internet. A Facebook page titled “Fire Clint McCance” was created the same day and has already attracted more than 18,000 Facebook members calling for McCance’s dismissal from the Midland School Board.
If it weren’t enough that Clint McCance suggested that all gays commit suicide, he later responded to postings in the thread stating “being a fag doesn’t give you the right to ruin the rest of our lives” and “I would disown my kids if they were gay”.
Several members of the Facebook page “Fire Clint McCance” have posted the contact information for the Midland School District as well as McCance’s personal contact information. The contact information for his business, Clint’s Carpet Cleaning, has also been posted.
Change.org has created an online petition demanding the resignation of Clint McCance and has already collected over 5,500 signatures of their goal of 7,500. Demanding the resignation is the only recourse as school board members are elected officials not subject to termination.
In my home state of Ohio, educators are held to a higher standard than the general public. As recently as September 2010, a Centerburg, Ohio middle-school teacher tendered his resignation following inappropriate Facebook conduct while the school was on summer recess. While Clint McCance is not an educator, he is responsible for the students in the Midland School District.
Clint McCance can hate anyone and any lifestyle he chooses – that’s his right. When he is responsible for the well-being of students, he needs to express those thoughts only in private.
Sources: PDF of Clint McCance Facebook Page ; Human Rights Campaign ; Columbus Dispatch ; GLAAD Spirit Day ;