The founder of an alternative school in the U.S has apologised after shocking footage circulated on social media showing her making racist remarks.
The video, shot by an audience member, shows how the founder of TNT Academy in Georgia chastised people for leaving the graduation event early.
Stunned and horrified students began pouring out of the hall after Nancy Gordeuk said, “Look who’s leaving – all the black people.”
Many have called for Gordeuk to lose her job over the comments.
Speaking to NBC News, Gordeuk issued an apology for her behaviour explaining that she inadvertently skipped the Valedictorian’s speech, and the crowd became disruptive when he was finally given the chance to deliver his remarks.
When I looked up all I saw was black families leaving, and thus the comment.
Frustrated with the prospect of ruining the once-in-a-lifetime ceremony the graduates have worked so hard for, my emotions got the best of me and that is when I blurted out, ‘You people are being so rude to not listen to this speech.’ I deeply apologize for my actions made in the emotional state of trying to let this last student finish his speech.
TNT Academy bills itself as a “non-traditional educational centre” which allows middle and high school students to pursue independent study courses that do not adhere to a regular school schedule or format.
No matter what she says, there’s no defence for this outburst and major credit to the students who left the hall in protest.