School principal apologizes for racist comment at graduation ceremony

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Sunday, May 10, 2015
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A school principal in Georgia is apologizing for her racist comment at a graduation ceremony. She blames the outburst on frustration over people leaving during a student's speech.

DEKALB COUNTY, GA -- A school principal in Dekalb County, Georgia, is apologizing for her racist comment at a graduation ceremony. She blames the outburst on frustration over people leaving during a student's speech.

Cellphone video shows TNT Academy Principal Nancy Gordeuk saying: "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."

Gordeuk says she forgot to introduce the class valedictorian at Friday's graduation ceremony.

When she brought him up towards the end of the program, she became upset when some started to walk out.

Gordeuk's comment triggered a wider walkout at the event, and now there are calls for her resignation.

"It was not a statement of racism. It was just my frustration," Gordeuk said.

"I'm sorry it happened. So sorry, but God has forgiven me and we'll just go on from there," she added.

Georgia Education officials have not yet commented on the situation.