A school principal in Stone Mountain, Ga. was fired after her rant, directed at “all the black people” leaving a graduation ceremony, went viral, television station WXIA reported on Thursday.
According to the station, the board chair of TNT Academy, a middle and high school, wrote that the board had voted to let go of principal Nancy Gordeuk.
“In light of recent events, the board of directors of TNT Academy has moved to dismiss Nancy Gordeuk as principal,” chair Heidi Anderson wrote in a letter to the Gwinnett County NAACP. “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.”
Gordeuk made news this week when a video captured her making comments about “all the black people.”
During the academy’s graduation on Friday, Gordeuk forgot to include the valedictorian’s speech and attempted to correct her mistake after accidentally ending the ceremony. As she called for people to come back, she ranted about black people.
“You people are being so rude to not listen to this speech,” Gordeuk told the crowd. “It was my fault that we missed it in the program. Look who’s leaving — all the black people.”
Gordeuk apologized for her comments over the weekend, claiming the “devil was in the house.” However, on Monday, she defended them and said she wasn’t racist.
“People always think the worst,” Gordeuk said. “You know, oh you say the word ‘black,’ you know, was I supposed to say ‘African American?’ Were they all born in Africa? No, they’re Americans. And, they live here. And, but just, I’m not a racist. People that know me, I’ve worked with disadvantaged kids like this that couldn’t get through school, we help them get a high school diploma.”
Watch the video below, courtesy of Netloid’s YouTube channel: