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School Board Member, Clint McCance, Investigated for Gay Bashing

By Madeline Holler |

clint mccance, facebookClint McCance, a member of the Midland School Board in Arkansas, is now under investigation for anti-gay hate speech on Facebook. The northern Arkansan allegedly launched an anti-gay screed on his Facebook page in response to another Facebook page that had been set up to show support for gay students in the wake of a series of suicides thought to be related to bullying.

McCance is reported to have written the following:

“Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. 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 thereselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE.”

Others commented on McCance’s tirade, some in support of the hateful sentiment, others opposed. McCance also allegedly responded to the response with more gay-bashing vitriol, claiming gay people ruin other (straight?) people’s lives and that if they can’t tolerate their sexuality being made fun of then they should keep it a secret. In yet another alleged response, this time for being called out as a Christian for behaving very un-Christianly and un-family-like, McCance’s response was that he would disown his child if he or she were gay.

Of course all of this back and forth is outrageous and heartbreaking and salacious, but the focus should be on whether an elected public official is spouting hate speech — especially if he is an elected public official who is given a vote on matters directly affecting children in his school district. If an investigation determines that, indeed, McCance wrote these things, it’s up to law enforcement to determine whether he can be charged with any crimes.

Even if he can’t, or if it turns out he didn’t write these things, now is definitely the time for the people of Midland school district to come forward and say that this kind of speech is intolerable. It’s also a time to circle around the kids of the Midland school district and start talking, the fear being that even one little kid is sitting there thinking he or she is, in anyway, not worthy of living.

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Madeline Holler is a writer, journalist, and blogger. She has written for Babble since the site launched in 2006. Her writing has appeared in various other publications both online and in print, including Salon and True/Slant (now Forbes). A native of the Midwest, Madeline lives, writes, and parents in Southern California, where she's raising two daughters and a son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Madeline's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “School Board Member, Clint McCance, Investigated for Gay Bashing

  1. Amy says:

    UN FREAKING BELIEVABLE!!!!! I am all for free speech but this man is a school board member. What gay person ruined his life???(eyes rolling) His poor kids!

  2. bob says:

    Hate speech alone is not a prosecutable offense anywhere in the united states.

  3. James says:

    @Bob – no, it isn’t, but elected officials can be ousted if they espouse values that contradict the values of the people who elected them, and people who believe gay children deserve to die are in the disgusting minority. Also, if anyone could prove his speech directly contributed to someone’s harm or death…THAT is very much prosecutable.

  4. Joe B. says:

    Clint’s Carpet Cleaning
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  5. anonymom says:

    No one gets to call me stupid when they say “thereselves.”

  6. Manjari says:

    This guy is a waste of a human life. He should at least be fired.

  7. customartist says:

    Well it would certainly be an unfortunate occurence if a Gay kid were to actually committ suicide in that community right now.

    Keep the emais flowing:

    Dean Stanley
    Linda Allgood
    Donna Clark
    Lela McChesney
    Tonya Lamb
    Lela McChesney
    Kerri Passmore
    Naccaman Williams
    Ben Mays
    Sherry Burrow
    Jim Cooper
    Brenda Gullett
    Samuel Ledbetter
    Alice Williams Mahony
    Toyce Newton
    Vicki Saviers

  8. Richard a b says:

    It is so transparent THIS GUY IS GAY HIMSELF and he’s hiding behind hate speech. Haggart!!! Hello!!!

    What a foul, pathetic and frankly mentally ill person!

  9. Clay Boggess says:

    What an amazing display of ignorance and stupidity…or should I say arrogance. He sure put everything on the line on this one!

    Clay Boggess

  10. Leo says:

    This guy is a joke and he knows he better quit his job because he will be fired if he dont resign. then the bastard should croak from cancer see if he likes that. I never ever wished anything on anyone like this before but if he can honestly put that out their like that then i beleive u live by the sword and you die by the sword see u in hell Clint Mccance

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