The Arkansas Department of Education has condemned an anti-gay rant by Midland School District board member Clint McCance.

In responding on his Facebook page to Spirit Day, a day that encourages people to wear purple to remember gay teens bullied to death, McCance cheers the suicides, says he “enjoys the fact that [gay people] they often give each other aids and die,” and declares he would disown his children if they were gay.

“The Arkansas Department of Education strongly condemns remarks or attitudes of this kind and is dismayed to see that a school board official would post something of this insensitive nature on a public forum like Facebook,” the agency said in a statement Wednesday.

Because McCance is an elected official the agency said it could not deal with him directly, but promised to monitor the effects of his screed.

“The department does have staff who investigate matters of bullying in schools and we will monitor and quickly respond to any bullying of students that may occur because of this, as we have with other civil rights issues in the past.”

Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns, the openly gay councilman whose video of a recent speech on bullying at a city council meeting has gone viral on the Internet, labeled McCance a bully on his Facebook page.