One Georgia high school’s graduation ceremony was rocked by a racial remark made by the school’s own founder after she lost control of the proceedings.
During TNT Academy’s Friday ceremony, the private school’s founder — Nancy Gordeuk — accidentally ended the event without letting the valedictorian give his scheduled speech. According to theGrio, Gordeuk tried to correct her mistake and vainly tried to bring the jubilant graduates back to their seats to listen to their class’s star student.
Apparently she was unsuccessful and Gordeuk soon launched into an angry tirade about how the crowd was made up of the “rudest people I have ever seen.”
“You people are being so rude, to not listen to this speech. It was my fault that we missed it in the program. Look who’s leaving… all the black people!” the founder shouted.
That last comment hit the audience like a bomb and nearly all of the remaining students left their seats to march out of the building, with several jeering and gesturing at Gordeuk on the way out.
TheGrio alleges that students have claimed in the past that TNT Academy and its founder have racist views towards people of color. The school — located in Stone Mountain, Georgia — was initially created by Gordeuk as a “non-traditional educational center” but it now offers a “traditional educational pathway,” according to its website. Gordeuk also touts 34 years of teaching experience and started the school to “provide a personalized and positive instructional program to enable each student to reach their potential.”