Arkansas’ Midland School District Distances Itself from Homophobic School Board Member Clint McCance

Arkansas' Midland School District posted the following statement to its website regarding the extreme homophobic remarks School Board Member Clint McCance posted to his Facebook page:

Mccance 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

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  1. Tim says

    If that school district and school board want to be serious in addressing homophobic bullying, it can make a wonderful statement by removing from office a bigot who should not be in charge of setting educational policy.

  2. TPL says

    “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.”

    And allowing this sick, sad excuse for a man to remain on your board is accomplishing exactly the opposite.

  3. Joe says

    Is he elected? What are the procedures for removing.

    I guess I want to know if it is possible to fire him, or if some sort of referendum needs to happen to get him out of office.

  4. Bojangles says

    They claim that because it’s an elected position there’s not much they can do. Whether that is true or not…

  5. Alan E. says

    “Mr. McCance was not acting as an agent of the school board, but as a private citizen when this comment was posted.”

    It’s very difficult to separate those two when you are an elected official, especially when the comment was regarding the welfare of children!

  6. jct says

    How dense are you two first commentators? The school district does not have the ability to to excuse the school board trustees. In fact it’s the opposite. The school board trustees can call for the dismissal of the superintendent, the principal, teachers, staff etc. Part of the reason the school hasn’t said anything yet is that they are not in the position to say anything without fear of losing their jobs. This jackass is an elected official who is the equivalent of one of the bosses of all employees of the school district. It would really help if some of you bothered to learn the basics of governance in this country.

  7. bobbyjoe says

    It certainly sounds like they’re looking for a way to legally remove this jerk, though. Note the significance of where the Arkansas School Boards Association is going with this:

    “When school board members take the oath of office, they swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Arkansas. ASBA expects board members to adhere to state and federal laws, and bullying would certainly fall under those statutes.”

    In other words, they’re looking for a way to establish that McCance violated his oath of office and possibly the state constitution. I suspect that if they really want to have someone removed, they’ll find a way to do it.

  8. jct says

    Edd- I understand your point but how about people arm themselves with facts before going off and showing how ignorant they are? This issue has been going on for over 24 hours and on multiple blogs I’ve seen people say the same bullshit about how the school should fire him. Stating these kind of things only demonstrated how ignorant the person is saying them. If people want to have an impact on politics (and school boards are political) then they need to educate themselves before opening their mouths. Otherwise it’s no more informed than the tea party and their obamacare nonsense.

  9. says

    I have to agree with JCT. This is a highly charged issue, but in order to see it and any viable action against Clint McCance, we need to understand the infrastructure and how to fight within their system. It does us no good to get angry and say he’s an ignorant thug who should be fired NO MATTER WHAT. Of course he’s an ignorant thug. Of course he should be brought to task for his statements, and if what he said is punishable as a violation of his oath of office, then he should be punished so goddamn hard, his ancestors feel it.

    Due process should mean something even to bigoted thugs, or we become weaker and more reactionary.

  10. Tim says

    JCT, I will be much more polite to you than you were to me. I am a two-term school board member and school board president in an urban district. In our city, a school board member can be removed for due reason by other members of the board. The board can also minimally censure a member for behavior unbecoming a member of the board. Perhaps things are different in Arkansas, but as someone who won his last election by a four to one margin, I am not as clueless as you might believe.

  11. adamblast says

    Whether removal easy or difficult, it is appropriate for us to express our anger and call for his ouster.

  12. Scott McCoy says

    And shouldn’t the statement also have said that LGBT kids should not kill themselves!?!

  13. says

    Adamblast, Expressing anger and frustration is one thing, but we have to remember that when engaging a bully, usually the best and painless course of action is to rain down on them swiftly and without mercy. Humiliate them. Take away their livelihood. You can express anger and frustration and even go so far as to investigate with whom this jackass does business and warn those people that because they do business with a bigoted thug bully, their businesses will suffer as a direct result.

    You can also take the higher road and impress on anyone who will listen that this man is a simpleton who only brings shame and derision upon the people he is elected to represent.

    But if all we’re doing as concerned LGBT AND straight people is to scream “fuck fuckety fuck fuck fuck,” and “Screw Clint McCance,” what are we accomplishing?

  14. BobN says

    “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.”

    Sure, sure you do. Any chance you’ve got personnel policies banning discrimination based on sexual orientation? Oh, that’s interesting. Your “policies” page is “under construction”. Wonder when that happened.

  15. Paul R says

    Actually I find this statement commendable given that it’s a rural part of Arkansas. I’ve obviously got no idea what the outcome will be, but this idiot hateful jackass will likely face enormous pressure to resign if they can’t legally remove him. Educators cannot be allowed to act this way–even as “private citizens” (which no elected official really is)–especially given all the recent suicides.

  16. Demand Equality says

    Maybe McCance was reassuring the parents in his school board district that he would continue to represent their shared views.

  17. Martin Murray says

    Surely his illiteracy is reason enough to remove him from the school board. Otherwise they should be ashamed of THEREselves

  18. Dave Jones says

    Surely you folks will see that comments such as these made by an elected official, an official who is elected to represent all of the children of your district, are inappropriate, bigoted, and ignorant. This man should be recalled by the citizens of your district and removed from office. No excuse, no “slip of the tongue”, no “mis-speak” can explain away hurtful, bigotted speech such as this. This is what is meant by “Sharia Law” when fearful, ignorant people curse muslims…except this is supposedly a “Christian” man. I don’t think Christ spent a lot of time telling gay people to go hang themselves, did he?

    Recall election…the sincerest form of apology.

  19. joebloe says

    The statements in that letter aren’t worth the paper it was printed on. Empty, worthless rhetoric, is all I see and hear. This small town is getting a big dose of scrutiny from all over this nation. People forget how small the world has gotten since the internet came along and shrunk it for us so we could immediately address this kind of bullshit. He posted those comments for a little notoriety, he fuckin’ hit the jackpot. This man has no business being so close to children as to poison their minds with his hateful, hurtful banter. Words can kill, and so can the thoughts behind them.

  20. wimsy says

    Some of you evidently missed this earlier report:

    The Arkansas Dept. of Education’s statement, via The Advocate:

    “The Arkansas Department of Education strongly condemns remarks or attitudes of this kind and are 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. The department also has worked with the State’s Office of the Attorney General during the month of October to provide training to counselors across the state regarding cyberbullying, ‘sexting’ and texting, which included a portion on how to watch for and deal with bullying of this kind.”

  21. Rick Smith says

    ANYTHING short of the removal of such a hateful person should not be tolerated or accepted!

  22. JLV says

    I used to live in this community. While there are some great people that live there most, if not all, believe the same way that Mr. McCance does. Could we educate these people about diversity, YES. Can we change their minds, Probably not! My husband is considered a disgrace in his family for his liberal beliefs on diversity and personal expression. I would be willing to join any organized group that could go and talk to the students and teachers about this situation. In my personal view, this needs to be handled and counseled just like a tragic event would be. I am hoping that the community can heal and come together in spite of this negative attention.

  23. CelticDragon says

    This guy is a F***ing a**hole and should be removed from his position after SINCERELY apologizing to the whole school!!

  24. Johanne says

    The Midland school district already took down the statement they released on their website regarding this. Sadly, the families and friends of those who were bullied until they died are not going to heal this quickly.