A group of 80 protesters traveled Thursday to a small Arkansas town, according to CNN, where they held a demonstration demanding the resignation of a school board member who posted anti-gay comments on Facebook.
Clint McCance, a member of the Pleasant Plains, Ark. school board, wrote on his personal Facebook page that he wanted gay people to commit suicide. McCance used the terms "queer" and "fag" in his status update, and stated that he enjoys "the fact that [gay people] give each other AIDS and die."
The posts were made in response the "Spirit Day" campaign, on October 20, that was developed to build recognition of bullying directed at gays. One aspect of the campaign encouraged people to wear purple to honor those who had committed suicide after experiencing anti-gay bullying.
McCance’s comments have drawn criticism from the district’s education officials. Since McCance is an elected official, the school department claims that it is unable to relieve him of his duties.
A page on Facebook has now been created to encourage the Midland School District to fire McCance. More than 46,000 people had "liked" the page as of Thursday morning.
On Tuesday an advisory from the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights informed schools that federal funding could be cut if they fail to address anti-gay bullying under the gender-discrimination law.