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School Board Official to Resign After Making Anti-Gay Comments

Facebook users taking part in a "Spirit Day" campaign last Wednesday wore purple to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PLEASANT PLAINS, Ark.) -- Clint McCance, vice president of the Midland School District in Arkansas, said Thursday night he will resign after posting an anti-gay diatribe on his personal Facebook page.  McCance, of Pleasant Plains, Arkansas, says he now realizes his posts on Facebook were "hurtful" and "ignorant."

"My posts I made that were very hurtful, very ignorant in nature," he says.  "Looking back on it right now and getting to, you know, scrutinize my own self and what I did.  It's horrible.  And what I wrote was horrible."

Last Wednesday, as millions of Facebook users took part in a "Spirit Day" campaign to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens, McCance apparently wrote a series of posts expressing the opposite position.

As first reported by The Advocate, a leading gay and lesbian newspaper, McCance used the words "queer" and "fag" several times on his page and said he enjoys "the fact that they often give each other AIDS [sic] and die."  He added, "I would disown my kids they were gay. They will not be welcome at my home or in my vicinity. "

McCance says he now realizes a real effort is needed to stop the bullying of gay teens that too often leads to suicide.

"We need to address the problem of the depression in these kids," he says.  "And we need to fix this.  And it don't need to be on a small level.  It needs to be -- needs to start at the top."

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