By Tessa Berenson
May 14, 2015

The Georgia principal who made a racially insensitive comment during a graduation speech has been fired.

Nancy Guordeuk, founder and director of TNT Academy, has been dismissed, NBC affiliate WXIA reports. Gourdeuk sparked outrage when footage of her racially charged outburst during the academy’s May 8 graduation ceremony went viral.

“You people are being so rude to not listen to this speech… Look who’s leaving — all the black people,” she said at the ceremony.

Dr. Heidi Anderson, chair of the board of directors at TNT Academy, wrote in a letter sent to the Gwinnett County NAACP that the board voted to dismiss school director Nancy Gordeuk. WXIA quoted the text of a letter sent by the chair of the TNT school board:

“In light of recent events, the board of directors of TNT Academy has moved to dismiss Nancy Gordeuk as principal. During the coming transition, we will continue to prioritize support for our most recent graduates,” the letter said.

Georgia NAACP President Francys Johnson confirmed to the Atlanta Journal Constitution that Guordeuk has been “released.”

Write to Tessa Berenson at tessa.berenson@time.com.

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