A Private School Principal was caught on camera using racist language and talking to the audience in a disrespectful manor.
The incident happened at TNT Academy’s HS graduation in Lilburn, Georgia. The principal’s name is Nancy Gordeuk. In the past, students have alleged that the school and its founder Nancy Gordeuk hold disparaging views towards people of color, and at yesterday’s graduation ceremony they unexpectedly received validation.
Nancy Gordeuk attempted to get the attention of graduates and their families after accidentally dismissing them before the class valedictorian could give his speech.
Several people recorded videos of the graduation, Gordeuk saying those not paying attention were being “rude” and calling a man who walked around taking pictures a “goober.” Then, she made this remark after admitting that she had made a mistake in the graduation’s program:
“Look who’s leaving, all the black people.”
Principal: ‘I didn’t know ‘black people’ was a racist term’
In an email to CNN, Gordeuk also expressed her regret for the comments she made:
“I deeply apologize for my actions made in the emotional state of trying to let this last student finish his speech. I take a personal interest in the success of every student that comes through our doors without regard to their race, religion or ethnicity.”
In an interview with NBCNews, Gordeuk related her side of the story:
“My side is I’m not a racist. I didn’t know ‘black people’ was a racist term. I didn’t say the N-word or anything like that because that’s not in my vocabulary.
“What happened was at graduation the valedictorian was introduced to give his speech. And a man, who just happened to be black, came up in front of us, in front of the podium, and was going back and forth, taking selfies with the kids and interrupting the valedictorian.”