Last Friday, Nancy Gordeuk, founder of TNT Academy in Lilburn, Ga., went viral after a racist filled rant during a high school graduation ceremony. Gordeuk forgot to let the Valedictorian speak, and asked people to remain seated. But when people started getting up to walk out, she specifically called out the ‘blacks’ in the audience.
“Look who’s leaving—all the black people,” Gordeuk yelled.
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Gordeuk is now apologizing.
“It was my fault that we missed it in the program,” Gordeuk pleaded with the crowd. “Look who’s leaving — all the black people,” she said.
Gordeuck also blamed the devil for her actions, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“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,” Gordeuk wrote in a statement sent out to parents at the school.
Apparently these outbursts run in the family, because Gordeuk’s son also had one on Facebook.
“If anyone has something to say about my mom and how she ran her graduation — come say it to my face,” Travis Gordeuk wrote.
“Yall nig–s aren’t talkin about s–t so if u got somthing (sic) to say come see me face to face,” he added.
“My moma not racist one bit she’s done nothing but help kids so yall need to get stories straight,” he added.
Of course she’s not racist. And of course her son isn’t either.
Update: Gordeuck has issued a statement on the incident.
To address the incident at the graduation ceremony of May 8, please keep the facts in perspective. 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 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 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.
The facts are the rude booing from my perspective facing the audience condoning the actions of this man, are coming from the younger people in the audience. What if ten or twenty persons came and started videotaping the audience in the middle of a speech? Is that disrespect to the person trying to make his speech? Or does that mean everyone can just do as they please?
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-for 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.
I take a personal interest in the success of every student that comes through our doors without regard to their race, religion, or ethnicity. My main concern for each is to provide them with an education and high school diploma to be able to continue on the pathway toward adulthood to become a successful member of society.
You will find many, many parents of all races, religions and ethnic group that have been serviced by our school and are very appreciative of our efforts on the behalf of their students. This same group of students had the same support we have given to every other graduating class.It is very easy to judge someone, however, we all make mistakes, as we are only human.
Again, I deeply apologize for my offensive comment in the heat of my emotional state in trying to achieve respect for a student to be able to speak.”
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