Clint McCance on CNN
The man who wrote on Facebook that gay teens should commit suicide has resigned from a US school board in disgrace.
“I’m sorry I’ve hurt people with my comments. I’m sorry I made those ignorant comments and hurt people on a broad spectrum,” said Clint McCance, who is vice-president of the Midland School District in Arkansas.
McCance wrote on Facebook: “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.” He also said that he was happy that gays can’t procreate and that “they often give each other aids and die.”
The comments generated international outrage with calls for him to step down from his position, which McCance has now agreed to do.
“I would never support suicide for any kids,” he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“I’d like to extend apologies to those families that have lost children, for all those children who feel that suicide is the only way out, especially for the five families who have already lost children. I brought more hurt on them… they didn’t deserve that and I do feel genuinely bad for them.”
McCance, who still asserts his opposition to homosexuality, said that he has sent his wife and two children out of state because he was concerned for their safety.
“I’m reaping what I’ve sown,” he admitted. “I’ve had a lot of hate speech thrown at me and my family on every level.”