|“Borrowed” from Maybe It’s Just Me…..|
The Arkansas Department of Education has condemned anti-gay messages purportedly posted by a north Arkansas school board member on Facebook:
“The Arkansas Department of Education strongly condemns remarks or attitudes of this kind and is dismayed to see that a school board official would post something of this insensitive nature on a public forum like Facebook. Because Mr. McCance is an elected official, the department has no means of dealing with him directly. However, the department does have staff who investigate matters of bullying in schools and we will monitor and quickly respond to any bullying of students that may occur because of this, as we have with other civil rights issues in the past”
Notice they didn’t ask him to apologize, to rethink his homophobic rant, or to resign.
They just condemned.
However, the Midland School Board, of which Clint McCance is an elected official, had this to say:
October 27, 2010
For Immediate Release:
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.
Dean Stanley, Superintendent
Midland School District
And Anderson Cooper had this to say:
And I have this to say:
Clint McCance cannot be fired. This is not a job, but an elected position. But, if you live in his district and have the ability to express your disgust and distaste for what he says, then you should do so.
Demand that he resign.
Demand a special election to replace him if he doesn’t.
You don’t like gay people? Good for you, nobody said you have to like us.
But to celebrate the suicides of five young men, and to hope there are more, is the lowest a person can sink without actually entering hell.
Arkansas? Midland school District families?
Demand that Clint McCance resign.