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May 14, 2015

Ga. principal fired after racial graduation comment

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Nancy Gordeuk. TNT Academy/

Nancy Gordeuk.

A Georgia private school principal has been fired after making what many considered racist remarks at a graduation ceremony last week, USA Today reports.

In a letter sent to the Gwinnett County NAACP, Dr. Heidi Anderson, chair of the board of directors at TNT Academy, explained the board's decision to dismiss school director Nancy Gordeuk.

In light of recent events, the board of directors of TNT Academy has moved to dismiss Nancy Gordeuk as principal. 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.

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During the ceremony for TNT Academy in Liburn, Georgia, Gordeuk accidentally dismissed graduates and their families before the class valedictorian could give his speech.

She then attempted to grab their attention, making the following remark after admitting that she had made a mistake in the graduation's program:

"Look who's leaving, all the black people."

Several graduates and their families, both African-American and white, can be seen in the video leaving following the remark. 

In an email, Gordeuk apologized, saying, “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.”