Principal apologizes, blames ‘the devil’ for racial remark during graduation ceremony

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The principal of a private high school is apologizing after making a racial remark during the graduation ceremony.

Cellphone video of the ceremony last Friday have been posted online.

It's difficult to hear, but principal Nancy Gordeuk says, "look who's leaving, all the black people."

The controversy started when Gordeuk accidentally ended the ceremony early, before allowing the valedictorian to give his speech.

She tried to call the crowd back but Gordeuk says some people decided not to stay, "and at that time I got really frustrated and said, y'all are being really rude to this young man, and disrespectful to not listen to his speech.  And then I turned my head, and who I saw leaving were black people and that's where the statement came."

She also said, "It was not a statement of racism, it was just my frustration."

Gordeuk apologized to the parents via e-mail, according to WXIA-TV.

"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."

Her full apology has circulated on Twitter, and met with skepticism.

Gordeuk says she has received death threats and is unsure whether the private school she founded will allow her back next year.

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