Graduate’s decoded yearbook message could ban her from ceremony

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CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia high school student’s senior portrait yearbook quote might cost her a chance to walk at her own graduation this year.

According to WSB-TV, Paris Gray is an active member of her school; she is senior class vice president, a member of her school’s Beta Club and of SADD, and is also a leader on campus.

Gray was even set to make an inspirational speech at her graduation ceremony this year, but after her school’s yearbooks were distributed she received an in-school suspension and was barred from participating in her school’s senior walk. All of this because of a message she had printed on its pages next to her senior portrait.

When the going gets tough just remember to Barium, Carbon, Potassium, Thorium, Astatine, Arsenic, Sulfur, Uranium, Phosphorus,” the message read.

WSB-TV reported the message made its way past the yearbook’s editors and several adults, but after it was printed, its true meaning was discovered by administrators, who used the periodic table to decode it. When spelling out the periodic table’s shorthand of the elements, it spells out “to back that a** up.”

“Basically, it was me just saying start all over again,” said Gray about the message’s meaning. “You have to go back and start all over.”

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