Nancy Gordeuk claims “the devil” is responsible for making her say a so-called racist comment during a TNT Academy graduation ceremony in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, a soccer fan heckling a news reporter was fired over a sexist comment, but not everyone believes the firing was appropriate.
The entire incident started when the Georgia principal mistakenly dismissed everyone from the graduation ceremony, at which point she realized they had accidentally skipped over the valedictorian speech. Nancy Gordeuk tried in vain to tell attendees that they needed to return to their seats, but many people continued to leave. That is when she said the “racist” comment that land her in trouble.
“You people are being so rude to not listen to this speech,” Gordeuk told the audience. “It was my fault that we missed it in the program. Look who’s leaving — all the black people.”
Nancy Gordeuk has apologized for her comment, but she did not think anyone would be upset in the first place.
“I didn’t know ‘black people’ was a racist term. I didn’t say the N-word or anything like that ’cause that isn’t in my vocabulary.”
The Georgia principal tried apologizing to parents in an official letter, but in the end she ended up channeling Scandal’s Sally Langston.
“The devil was in the house and came out from my mouth,” Gordeuk explained to the parents in an email. “I deeply apologize for my racist comment and hope that forgiveness is in your hearts.”
She also tried rephrasing what she meant, saying that it was frustration and emotion that got the best of her.
“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 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.”
Unfortunately, Nancy Gordeuk’s son, Travis, made the situation even worse, according to the the Washington Post. Speaking on Facebook, the son left messages that included the principal’s home address and a racial epithet. Others on social media were not very forgiving when it came to blaming the devil for the racist comment.
“Oh that was the devil? Not you? My bad, thought it was you #NancyGordeuk we totally cool now. You can keep teaching kids. FOH.”
Others were more blunter, saying she needed to lose her job or at least accept responsibility for her action.
“Rules for an apology: Don’t tell the wronged to get over it,” another Twitter user wrote. “Accept YOUR responsibility. The devil wasn’t in that sanctuary.”
Dr. Heidi Anderson, chair of the board of directors of TNT Academy, said the board agreed with this assessment, and they recently had Nancy Gordeuk fired.
“In light of recent events, the board of directors of TNT Academy has moved to dismiss Nancy Gordeuk as principal,” Anderson said. “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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