High School Founder Apologizes for Offensive Comment About Black People During Graduation
The founder of Georgia's TNT Academy was recorded making inappropriate comments before the valedictorian's speech
One Georgia high school’s graduation ceremony took a dramatic turn after the school’s founder began chastising the audience with racist remarks on Friday.
In the clip, Gordeuk flips out after attendees walked out during the valedictorian’s speech. Gordeuk, who has a 30-year background in education, had inadvertently skipped the student earlier, and instead asked him to give his remarks toward the end of the program.
“Ya’ll are the rudest people I’ve seen in my life,” Goredeuk says over the microphone in the recording. As she grows increasingly incessant at the friends and family in attendance, the audience breaks out into murmurs and whispers.
“Look who’s leaving – all the black people,” she adds, causing a massive uproar. Many of the graduates and parents immediately stood up and left, and the ceremony abruptly ended.
TNT Academy is a middle school and high school that uses a non-traditional approach to education and focuses on college prep. The school provides high school diplomas through credits earned by independent study and teacher-assisted instruction, according to the school’s webpage.
Gourdeuk apologized for her “offensive comment” and said “my emotions got the best of me,” in a statement issued to CNN.
“I deeply apologize for my actions made in the emotional state of trying to let this last student finish his speech,” she told the news network. “I take a personal interest in the success of every student that comes through our doors without regard to their race, religion or ethnicity.”