A Georgia high school principal is defending herself after she was caught on tape at a graduation ceremony criticizing “all the black people” in the audience for leaving, saying the devil made her do it.
Nancy Gordeuk, found of TNT Academy, accidentally dismissed the crowd before letting the class valedictorian give a speech. When she tried — unsuccessfully — to call the graduates back to their seats, Gordeuk went on a tirade about “all the black people” who were leaving.
“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!” (RELATED: Georgia School Founder Drops Racial Remark At Graduation Ceremony; PANDEMONIUM Ensues)
Now, she’s saying the devil made her do it.
“A terrible mistake on my part of the graduation ceremony on Friday night,” Gordeuk wrote in an email to parents over the weekend. “The devil was in the house and came out from my mouth. I deeply apologize for my racist comment and hope that forgiveness in in your hearts.”
Then on Monday, she clarified that she is not racist.
“My side is I’m not a racist. I didn’t know ‘black people’ was a racist term. I didn’t say the N-word or anything like that ‘cause that’s not in my vocabulary.”
“When I looked left, K, the light as you know, lights in the auditorium, you look left, all I saw were black people getting up and leaving. And I said, ‘Oh, look who’s leaving, all the black people.’ So I made a statement. It wasn’t a racist remark. Anybody that knows me knows my heart is with these kids.”
“People always think the worst. 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.”