The Georgia school principal who made a racial comment during a graduation ceremony has been relieved of her position.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, the TNT Academy in Stone Mountain, Georgia, was wrapping up its graduation ceremony when school principal and founder Nancy Gordeuk realized she forgot to have the valedictorian speak. But she had already dismissed the attendees when she realized her error. Gordeuk tried to get the people to return to their seats, but a lot were already exiting. That’s when she made the comment that has put her in hot water.
“Look who’s leaving, all the black people.”
Dr. Heidi Anderson, who serves as TNT Academy’s chair of the board of directors, issued a letter to the Gwinnett County NAACP saying that “in light of recent events,” the school has decided to relieve the Georgia school principal of her duties, according to 11 Alive.
“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.”
Prior to her dismissal, the Georgia school principal had received a lot of emails from upset people in regards to her comment, according to NBC News. She apologized for what she said, but she didn’t think that it would cause outrage.
“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.”
But the principal noted that when she tried to have people sit down, the only people she saw leaving were “black families,” which is why she made the comment. The school principal later issued a letter apologizing for her comment.
“I lost control and spit out the words that do not even seem like they came from me. However, the devil works in various ways.”
Even after all the controversy, the Georgia school principal said the school will “continue as is.”
“Whether we lose students or not, we still have a mission.”
According to its official website, TNT Academy is a nontraditional private school that offers services to both middle and high school children. Students are given the option to take “traditional classes” or they can go for the “non-traditional approach” if they are in independent study.
“TNT also meets the need of those students that do not like to start a class at 7:30 am. Older students can work and come to school or pursue other activities of team sports on traveling teams, etc. TNT captures the needs of public school students that are bored in a classroom and are starting to get into trouble.”
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