A white Georgia principal has come under fire this weekend for what onlookers called racist comments at her school’s graduation ceremony.TNT Academy founder Nancy Gordeuk made the comments Friday, as she tried to get graduates and their families to pay attention after accidentally dismissing them before the class valedictorian could give his speech. In doing so, she called a man who had been conspicuously taking pictures or video of the ceremony a “goober” and a “coward.” Those comments appear to cause an unrelated family to walk out with their graduate.Gordeuk then addresses her mistake about the valedictorian to the crowd.
“You people are being so rude to not listen to this speech,” Gordeuk tells the audience, according to video recordings of the ceremony posted to social media. “It was my fault that we missed it in the program. Look who’s leaving — all the black people.”
At that, the audience erupts as Gordeuk stands at the podium with her hand on her hip. Several black honors graduates appear to walk off the stage in protest.
“It’s just very sad,” Jada Gibson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday.