An Arkansas school board member is under fire after he posted a status update on Facebook saying that gay teens deserve to commit suicide.
Clint McCance, who is a member of the Midland School District Board, made the comment in reaction to the recent Spirit Day campaign which urged people to wear purple in honour of gay teens who had committed suicide as a result of homophobic bullying.
“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,” McCance wrote as his Facebook status update.
Reacting to comments on his wall to the update, McCance continued his hateful rant:
“…being a fag doesnt give you the right to ruin the rest of our lives. If you get easily offended by being called a fag then dont tell anyone you are a fag. Keep that shit to yourself. I dont care how people decide to live their lives. They dont bother me if they keep it to thereselves. It pisses me off though that we make a special purple fag day for them. I like that fags cant procreate. I also enjoy the fact that they often give each other aids and die. If you arent against it, you might as well be for it.”
He added later: “I would disown my kids if they were gay. They will not be welcome at my home or in my vicinity. I will absolutely run them off. Of course my kids will know better. My kids will have solid christian beliefs. See it infects everyone.”
The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT rights group on the US, called on McCance to resign. It also sent letters to the US Department of Education, the Arkansas Department of Education and the Midland School District calling for an immediate investigation into McCance’s conduct and to suspend him from office if he does not resign.
“Clint McCance has put a face on the hate that devastates our young people,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “McCance and his hate shouldn’t be allowed near children, let alone managing their education. We call for his immediate resignation from the school board.”
A Facebook page calling for McCance’s resignation has grown rapidly with over 21,000 “likes.” The page can be found here: www.facebook.com/pages/Fire-Clint-McCance/170421922968484