- The Washington Times - Friday, May 15, 2015

The white principal of a Georgia school has been fired after a now-viral video showed her scolding “all the black people” who left during the valedictorian’s speech at a graduation ceremony.

Nancy Gordeuk, principal of TNT Academy, an alternative private school with grades 7 through 12 in Stone Mountain, “has been released,” Georgia NAACP President Francys Johnson told ABC News.

Dr. Heidi Anderson, chair of the board of directors at TNT Academy, wrote in a letter sent to the Gwinnett County NAACP that the board voted to dismiss Ms. Gordeuk, ABC News reported.

The school’s principal made national headlines after video circulated online of comments she made last Friday at graduation as she tried to get graduates and their families to stay seated for the class valedictorian’s speech. Ms. Gordeuk had accidentally dismissed the audience prematurely before the valedictorian could give his remarks.

“You people are being so rude to not listen to this speech,” Ms. Gordeuk angrily tells the audience in the video. “It was my fault that we missed it in the program. Look who’s leaving — all the black people.”

Ms. Gordeuk later apologized in an email to parents and students.

“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,” she wrote, in part. “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.”

In a news conference Thursday at the Sylvania, Georgia, Courthouse, Mr. Johnson said the principal’s apology was inadequate, ABC News reported.

“Beyond the inappropriate remarks, the former principal attempted to legitimize the bizarre episode by claiming ‘the devil made her do it,’ ” he said. “The Flip Wilson defense may have worked for a comedian, but not a chief educational official charged with the overall day-to-day management of academic and school operations.”

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