The Georgia principal who chastised “all the Black people” after a handful of individuals prematurely left a graduation ceremony has been terminated, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
After her racially charged comments went viral, Nancy Gordeuk, principal of the private TNT Academy in Stone Mountain, said she made the remarks when she became frustrated that people started taking pictures of the ceremony and leaving before the valedictorian, who she initially skipped in the program, began his speech.
In the video, Gordeuk can be heard saying, “you people are being so rude not to listen to this speech. It was my fault that we missed it in the program. Look who’s leaving, all the Black people.”
An audible gasp rose from the crowd, many of whom left their seats in disbelief.
On Thursday, Georgia NAACP president Francys Johnson confirmed that Gordeuk’s comments led to her “release,” according to AJC.
WXIA-TV reported that Dr. Heidi Anderson, chair of the board of directors of TNT Academy, wrote in a letter to the Gwinnett County NAACP that the board had voted to fire Gordeuk.
“In light of recent events, the board of directors of TNT Academy has moved to dismiss Nancy Gordeuk as principal,” Anderson said. “During the coming transition, we will continue to prioritize support for our most recent graduates. Moreover, we will continue our commitment to providing students with the best educational classes, transcription services and academic credit recovery possible.”
Before her termination, Gordeuk wrote an email to parents and students explaining her outburst.
“An unknown man at the beginning of a speech decided to walk up to the front of the audience with his tablet, videotaping the audience and the students causing disruption to the audience and disrespect to the ceremony and its participants. When disregarding the request to please sit down, the security was asked to remove the man. At that point, booing of the request commenced. Frustrated with the prospect of ruining the once-in-a-lifetime ceremony the graduates have worked so hard for, my emotions got the best of me and that is when I blurted out “you people are being so rude to not listen to this speech (valedictorian). It was my fault that we missed the speech in the program. I look to the left where the man was and all I saw was a mass of people leaving and I said, ‘Look who’s leaving, all the black people.’ At that point, members of the audience began to leave.”
She also offered an apology at the ceremony, maintaining that her comments were not made “in a racial manner.”
You can watch the video of Gordeuk’s remarks above.
SOURCE: AJC | VIDEO SOURCE: NDN