Last Friday (May 8) at the TNT Academy in Stone Mountain, Ga., a graduation ceremony shifted gears into a negative space after the alternative private school’s principal, Nancy Gordeuk, blurted out some questionably racist statements. Gordeuk has since apologized, but the damage might be far too severe to recover from.
As reported by The Grio and NBC News, video clips of Gordeuk’s racist rant began to be distributed throughout social media. It all began when Gordeuk made the mistake of ending the graduation ceremony before TNT’s valedictorian made his speech.
As people began to file out to the parking lot, Gordeuk, also the founder of TNT, took to the microphone and blasted Black members of the audience for leaving. Raw Story also reported on the situation and broke down some of the exchanges between Gordeuk and attendees.
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“I think y’all owe this young man an apology, especially that goober that was coming through with his little thing. That was so rude,” she says, alluding to an unidentified student. “Where are you, you little coward? Come on back up here and let’s talk.”
After that remark, three white people can be seen standing up and leaving. Seconds later, Gordeuk says, “Y’all are the rudest people I’ve ever seen in my life.”
The crowd reacts with alarm, as Gordeuk orders staff members to close the doors. The man videotaping Gordeuk can be heard urging others, “Just let her do her thing.”
“You people are so rude to not listen to this speech,” Gordeuk continues, as the unidentified valedictorian, a white person, stands near her. “It was my fault that we missed it in the program. Look who’s leaving, all the black people.”
Gordeuk issued a written apology on Saturday, but many are calling for her to step down from her post. She told NBC News the rant was just a moment of frustration, but others allege it was a sentiment she’d been hiding inside all along.
Watch a portion of the Nancy Gordeuk video below. The full video can be seen here.
UPDATE: The New York Daily News reported that Nancy Gordeuk has apologized via a letter given out to local media. “The devil was in the house and came out from my mouth. I deeply apologize for my racist comment and hope that forgiveness is in your hearts,” she said.
All of that good, albeit tardy, work was undone after Gordeuk’s son, Travis Gordeuk, took to Facebook and blamed “n****s” for his mother’s actions while issuing out threats. He also gave out their home and told his faceless opponents to come see him “face to face.”