Paris Gray is a senior class vice president, a member of SADD and the Beta Club at a Mundy’s Mill High School in Clayton County, Ga, but a yearbook joke is preventing her from enjoying her senior year and could have her miss out on walking at graduation.
Gray’s yearbook message was “When the going gets tough just remember to Barium, Carbon, Potassium, Thorium, Astatine, Arsenic, Sulfur, Uranium, Phosphorus.”
Which means “Back that ass up”.
Gray received an in-school suspension and was kept from participating in a senior walk last Friday after yearbooks were distrubuted, all due to a quote she left near her portrait.
“I think their reaction was beyond what it should have been because nobody understood it,” said Paris Gray.
Gray also said the message wasn’t flagged by any editors or adults.
“My first reaction was, you are such a nerd,” said Gray’s mother Zarinah Woods.
“Basically, it was me just saying start all over again,” said Gray. “You have to go back and start all over.”
Not only was Gray kept out of participating in the senior walk, she was also told she couldn’t give an inspirational speech during the graduation ceremony.
“It just completely destroyed me, and my mom’s been telling me don’t let it ruin my happiness but it’s like really taking a big toll,” said Gray.
A school district spokesperson says that no decision has been made and that the area superintendent and the principal would meet with Gray’s mother Tuesday morning.