Students and Family Members Walk out of a Graduation Ceremony after Racist Comments are Made
Graduating from high school is supposed to be one of the biggest milestones in a person’s life. It is a day that they can look back on, feel proud of their accomplishments, and enjoy reliving that moment. For some students in Lilburn, Georgia, that may not be the case.
According to the story on BuzzFeed.com, students at the TNT Academy had a graduation ceremony that ended in many people walking out of it. During the ceremony, people were being rude and not giving their full the school’s valedictorian and their speech that they were giving. It was at this point where the high school’s principal, Nancy Gordeuk, got incredible flustered. She stood up at the podium to address the crowd that she considered rude.
Gordeuk began to berate the audience, calling them rude for not listening to the speech. She then pointed out that it was all the black people who were leaving. This did not sit well with the crowd. This angered many of the students and their families, which caused them to walk out on the ceremony in protest.
Gordeuk has since apologized for her statements, however it seems as though the damage has been done. She said that her emotions got the best of her, which many still do not agree with.
Thanks to Alexei Beltyukov for showing me this story.