Arkansas School Board Member Clint McCance Will Resign

Yesterday, Clint McCance, vice-president of the Midland School District in Pleasant Plains, Arkansas, appeared on CNN in an interview with Anderson Cooper. During the interview, McCance apologized for his hate speech, saying, “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.”

McCance had written on his Facebook wall that he wanted gay people to commit suicide and used the terms “queer” and “fag” repeatedly, promising to disown his own children if they are gay and stated that he enjoys “the fact that [gay people] give each other AIDS and die.”

McCance said that he would “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.I’m reaping what I’ve sown. I’ve had a lot of hate speech thrown at me and my family on every level.”

McCance said that he has received “thousands of phone calls, hate mails, people threatening to kill my family and me.” He also said that he has sent his wife and children out of the state because of fears for their safety.

He said he would resign from the school board to spare the district the bad press and distractions of dealing with the fallout from his comments. “If they decide after five or ten years to vote me back in, then I’ll run again,” he said.

We hope that Clint McCance never gets re-elected.

Here’s the video. Judge for yourself whether McCance is sorry that he said what he said, or if he’s just sorry he was caught.