Principal’s offensive remark at graduation ceremony shocks audience

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LILBURN, Ga. (May 10, 2015) – A principal in Georgia is apologizing after making a racial remark at her school’s graduation ceremony. She shocked the audience and many people left.

Principal Nancy Gordeuk at TNT Academy in Lilburn, Georgia accidentally ended the ceremony without allowing the valedictorian to make a speech, according to

Principal Gordeuk realized she made a mistake and asked the people that were leaving to come back, but some of the people didn’t listen and continued walking out.

That’s when she got angry and began to yell at the people leaving. You can hear what she had to say in a video that has now gone viral. “You people are being so rude, to not listen to this speech,” she said. “It was my fault that we missed it in the program. Look who’s leaving, all the black people.”

The principal apologized shortly after the heated remarks. “I deeply apologize for my actions made in the emotional state of trying to let this last student finish his speech,” she told

The principal said her statement was out of frustration not racism, and she has since received death threats.

The valedictorian eventually gave his speech and closed it with, “This is a graduation we will never forget.”

Principal Gordeuk helped found TNT Academy. The private school is a non-traditional education center for middle and high school students. Gordeuk said she is unsure if she will be allowed back at the school.

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