Friday, October 29, 2010

Anti-Gay School Board Member is Un-Friended

Not that this jerk needs any more attention, but there’s a lesson in here.

A member of a northern Arkansas school board says he is resigning his seat after coming under fire for posting anti-gay remarks on his Facebook page, CNN reported late Thursday.

“I’m sorry I’ve hurt people with my comments,” Clint McCance, vice-president of the Midland School District, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “I’m sorry I made those ignorant comments and hurt people on a broad spectrum.”

Commenting on a campaign to get people to wear purple to show support for bullied gay and lesbian youth, McCance posted on the social networking site that the only way he would wear purple is “if they all commit suicide.”

The Arkansas Department of Education on Wednesday condemned the alleged posting by Midland School Board member Clint McCance and the Arkansas Times reported that about three dozen protesters rallied Thursday outside Midland High School calling for McCance’s ouster.

The Advocate, a magazine that reports about gay issues, first reported about the posting on its website. The Facebook page has been disabled, but The Advocate posted a screen grab of the alleged postings that it says someone forwarded to it.

McCance’s alleged posting was in response to a Facebook campaign that asked supporters to wear purple last Wednesday to show solidarity after several gay and lesbian youths killed themselves, reportedly because of bullying.

And that lesson is that when Facebook prompts you to tell us “What’s on your mind?”, you don’t really have to reveal that you’re a flaming homophobe with a lot of issues and no Spell Check.