This student’s clever yearbook quote could get her banned from graduation

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CLAYTON COUNTY, GA — School administrators may be delaying graduation for the senior class vice president after deciphering her yearbook quote.

WSB-TV reports that Paris Gray received an in-school suspension after yearbooks were distributed to students. Her quote reads, “When the going gets tough, just remember to Barium Carbon Potassium Thorium Astatine Arsenic Sulfer(sic) Utranium(sic) Phospheros(sic).”

However, it’s the abbreviation for those elements that got her in trouble.

“I think their reaction was beyond what it should have been because nobody understood it,” Gray told WSB-TV. Gray said the message was not flagged by editors.

Gray was told her planned graduation ceremony speech has been canceled. A school district spokesperson says that no final decision has been made.



    • George Hilbert

      Maybe high schools should adopt a new code for use on high school diplomas of all similar offending students: a non-removable, non-expungeable “BM” for “Black Mark.”

  • jad

    I DON’T GET IT!!?!??! And I have a masters degree. I must be thinking to hard. Or maybe it is just to simple for my mega brain to understand. Please explain someone.

    • Kelly

      Using the periodic table of elements, you can see that the message says “Back that @$$ up” I think it is cleaver and funny, but I went to engineering school.

      • jad

        I still don’t get the humor…must be cause my masters is in theatre and not science I guess.

    • L Anthony

      I have an Associates Degree…in Culinary. But I know the difference between “to” and “too”.

  • Emily

    What’s sad is that the only reason this is a big deal is because the school made an event out of it. If they just let it go…there would probably be very few people who noticed. Now EVERYONE knows. So…I’m going to say the school did the damage to themselves.

  • KB613

    Good grief! What’s to punish? I give her points for creativity and using what she learned those 4 years in high school. You can’t tell me someone on the staff has never written anything or said anything including questionable language. That is ridiculous. Don’t see the big deal.

  • AMP

    What a crock, give this kid a thumbs up for creativity and the she paid attention. Kids who have done significantly worse and can’t properly repeat that phrase using the standard alphabet are going to graduate.

  • Sharon McDaniel

    Some people just don’t have a sense of humor. This was clever and not letting her graduate or give her speech is ridiculous. Most won’t get it and those that do will find it funny. Were you young once or can’t you remember back that far? Let it go!!!!

  • ashley

    I don’t see what’s so wrong with it. ..I mean she is only using what they taught her. It was very creative and they shouldn’t ruin her life for it. That’s just pathetic. ..I think they’re only doing this for attention.

  • lee

    She should haven’t tried to copy the asian chick who did this a while back. She got away wit it cuz it was original and it was good. This was a lame attempt at doing something lasting and she failed miserably.

  • lakeisha

    Yea the school set themselves out like that! Lmbo…it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out, bt only the school made it an issue. I gues they weren’t expecting a young woman of color to be soo clever, huh! Jokes on them…now had it been a mixture to a bomb!….They would’ve let that slide! Now why don’t yall go do exactly what she said!

  • Robert

    Heck even my High School Geometry teacher cracked a joke saying that the Angle Side Side method won’t work for proving triangles congruent. Funny guy he was.

  • paul marker

    I am a teacher and see the humor. However schools are not allowed to interpret what’s best. They have to act and act swiftly. Why? To prevent any student for pushing to far and people who read the story will say the school did not do enough. They can’t win either way.

  • Tim

    Yeah, it’s funny and I really see no need for any disciplinary action at all, but, I think it would have a lot funnier if she would have spelled all the elements correctly. It shows a lack of attention to detail. B+. BTW, easy to understand, no degree required.

  • Dawn Aston

    I think it’s clever and cool! She she not be in trouble like she is. They’re taking it way too far!

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