Principal fired after racist remarks at graduation

Nancy Gordeuk, founder and principal of TNT Academy in Lilburn, was caught on video calling the audience “so rude” at the Saturday ceremony.

LILBURN, Ga. (WJBF) –The principal who made racially charged comments during the TNT Academy’s graduation ceremony has been let go from the school.

Dr. Francys Johnson, Civil Rights Attorney and State President of the Georgia NAACP, confirmed the news about TNT’s founder Nancy Gordeuk.

Gordeuk had just finished handing out diplomas on May 8 when things went awry. Gordeuk forgot to introduce the valedictorian. When he started speaking, some audience members began to leave and that was when the principal made her most controversial remark.

“Look who’s leaving, all the black people,” Gordeuk says.

The video of the remarks went viral and set off a firestorm of controversy.

The crowd erupted; voiced displeasure and most people appeared to leave.

In an interview with WISHTV’s sister station WJBF, Gordeuk tried to explain her remarks.

“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.

Video exclusively obtained by WJBF showed one woman defending the school leader.

“This lady has spent countless hours, weeks, months and years. She’s done a lot for our children when the public school system rejected our system,” she said. “She was gravely disrespected.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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