DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A local principal is apologizing after making controversial remarks that sparked a walkout at graduation.
TNT Academy’s founder and Principal Nancy Gordeuk can be seen on a video telling the audience at Friday’s graduation they were “so rude” before making remarks attendees say were racist.
"Look who's leaving, all the black people," Gordeuk said in a cell phone video that has since gone viral.
Graduates, parents, and attendees alike can then be seen standing up and leaving the church.
“We were just trying to get her being rude. It was something un-normal like you don't see that on a regular basis,” attendee Brooklyn Jacobs said.
Jacobs was at First Baptist Church of Lilburn to watch a friend graduate and said Gordeuk was acting aggressively, which is why she kept her cell phone rolling.
“She named only black people. She didn't say, ‘Oh look at the Caucasians leaving, look at the Indians leaving,’ she said blacks,” Jacobs said.
Channel 2’s Jessica Jaglois tracked down Gordeuk at her home Saturday, where she said it all started when she forgot to let the valedictorian make his speech.
“So I introduced him, he started speaking, then a man, he was black, came across carrying his tablet back and forth filming the students in front,” Gordeuk said.
She said he was being disruptive so she called security and people began to leave.
“Who I saw leaving were black people so that's where the statement came from, ‘look who's leaving, all the black people,’” Gordeuk told Jaglois.
Jacobs and her friend Maya Price said they do not buy the explanation.
“That was something that was just unnecessary and uncalled for because there were more than just black people that were leaving the scene,” Jacobs said.