TNT Academy in Lilburn, Georgia had their graduation last Friday, and a video from it has since gone viral.
The chaos began when the private school’s founder and principal Nancy Gordeuk accidentally ended the ceremony before the valedictorian had given his speech. Gordeuk tried to correct her mistake by asking the departing audience to come back into the room, and that’s when things got ugly.
“That was so rude,” Gordeuk said in the video, at first referencing someone who walked up to film someone in the middle of their speech with a tablet. “Where are you, you little coward. Come on back up here and let’s talk.”
“You people are being so rude to not listen to this speech. It was my fault and we missed it in the program,” she continued, according to The Blaze. “Look who’s leaving all the black people.”
The crowd quickly erupted into a rage, and Gordeuk realized she had made a big mistake.
“I apologize I said that,” Gordeuk said minutes later. “But everybody sit down.”
“Everyone was just in shock. Everybody was like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe she just said that,’” Keary Barns, a parent in the audience, told the press afterwards.
Gordeuk has since come under fire from people all across the country who are outraged by her remarks. She has since released a brief statement of apology to the press:
“I sincerely apologize to all the persons in attendance at the ceremony for the actions of the few causing the disturbance and for my emotional, un-called generalization of the black persons in attendance. I deeply apologize for my actions made in the emotional state of trying to let this last student finish his speech.”
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