Sanders noted the irony of that statement.

“His cyber-bullying has affected his family,” Sanders said.

The Midland district disavowed McCance’s sentiments in a statement Oct. 27, and Superintendent Dean Stanley echoed that in a letter Oct. 28 to 1998 Midland graduate R. Anthony Turner, who wrote the school board a letter calling attention to McCance’s Facebook posting.

Stanley’s letter to Turner said McCance “does not represent the board or speak for the board when he posts on his Facebook page.”

“Every student life is equally valuable without regard to race, sex, or sexual orientation, religious belief or affiliation,” Stanley wrote. “Everyone really is someone special and deserves to be treated with care and respect.”