Student could be banned from graduation because of yearbook quote

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Paris Gray's yearbook photo and quote.
Paris Gray’s yearbook photo and quote.

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A high school senior in Georgia could be banned from graduation after the fallout following her quote that appeared in the yearbook.

Paris Gray could be prevented from graduating because the quote contained a secret message the school called inappropriate, reported WSB-TV.

The message read: “When the going gets tough, just remember to Barium Carbon Potassium Thorium Astatine Arsenic Sulfer(sic) Utranium(sic) Phospheros(sic).”

It’s the abbreviation of those elements that got her into trouble.

Here is what Gray's yearbook message spells out using the element's abbreviation.
Here is what Gray’s yearbook message spells out using the element’s abbreviation.

“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.

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