Principal speaks out after racial remark at graduation ceremony shocks students

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LILBURN, Ga. – A Georgia principal is apologizing after making a racial remark while speaking at a graduation ceremony, shocking the audience and prompting many to leave.

Principal Nancy Gordeuk at TNT Academy angered many students while speaking at the school’s graduation ceremony Friday in Lilburn, Ga.

The principal accidentally ended the ceremony without allowing the valedictorian to make a speech, according to reports.

When she realized her mistake, she asked students that were leaving to come back inside for the final speech. But some were already heading out.

“You people are being so rude, to not listen to this speech,” she said. “It was my fault that we missed it in the program. Look who’s leaving… all the black people.”

The remarks were captured on cell phone video and have since gone viral. Several shocked students can be seen leaving after the comments.

“I deeply apologize for my actions made in the emotional state of trying to let this last student finish his speech,” she told

The principal said her statement was not one of racism, but one of frustration. She said she has since received death threats.

The valedictorian did eventually get to give his speech and closed it with, “This is a graduation we will never forget.”

The principal said she is not sure whether the private school she founded will allow her back. The school is a non-traditional education center that serves middle and high school students.

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