Who do we let affect the next generation’s future?

At least until now, people Midland School District Vice President Clint McCance, who took to Facebook to denounce the Spirit Day campaign, which called for people to wear purple in recognition of the recent wave of bullying-related suicides that has affected gay, or perceived to be gay, youth. McCance, an Arkansan elected official, wrote on his Facebook page, “Being a fag doesn’t give you the right to ruin the rest of our lives. If you get easily offended by being called a fag then don’t tell anyone you are a fag. Keep that shit to yourself. It pisses me off though that we make a special purple fag day for them. I like that fags cant procreate. I also enjoy the fact that they often give each other aids and die.”

A Facebook page calling for his firing currently has nearly 28,000 likes, and a petition has been started, aimed at Dean Stanley, the superintendent of the district.

This is one of those times where everyone who wants change has to let their voices be heard. As an influence on all the children in the district, officials like McCance have a duty to protect students, not the other way around. The first step in fostering an inclusive environment in schools and putting a stop to bullying is setting an example for the adults that are in charge. Let’s let school districts everywhere know that we won’t allow school officials to be anti-gay or anti-human.