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Should I Stay or Should I Go

Nancy Gordeuk, the founder and director of the TNT Academy in Stone Mountain, Ga., presided over the graduation ceremony. Gordeuk says she had become frustrated when a man started capturing video of the audience during a speech, and things went downhill from there. “She forgot the final speech,” said Donte Lambert, one of the graduates. “So she dismissed us all at first. Then she told everyone to come back. One parent got mad and he told his child to come on.” At that point, with several families videoing the ceremony, Gordeuk said, “Look who’s leaving: all the black people!” She later apologized for her outburst. “A terrible mistake on my part of the graduation ceremony on Friday night,” Gordeuk wrote in an email. “The devil was in the house and came out from my mouth. I deeply apologize for my racist comment and hope that forgiveness is in your hearts.” Lambert’s mother said Gordeuk “needs to get out of that field of being a teacher or a motivator.” (MS/WXIA Atlanta) ...Anyone who has “the devil coming out of her mouth” should consider a new profession.
Principal Gordeuk was fired for her remarks:
Original Publication Date: 17 May 2015
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