Atlanta High School Senior Paris Gray’s Cryptic Message Nearly Gets her Kicked Out of Graduation

Paris Gray is vice president of Mundy's Mill High School senior class. (Courtesy Photo)
Paris Gray is vice president of Mundy’s Mill High School senior class. (Courtesy Photo)

Paris Gray is vice president of Mundy’s Mill High School senior class, a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, the Beta Club, and an all-around leader on the suburban Atlanta, Ga., campus.

But she was suspended from school and almost forced to sit out the May 28 graduation exercises—including an inspirational speech she was to deliver–at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta—because of her yearbook message that left school administrators fuming.

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

At the time, it seemed like a simple comment and did not cause any harm.

After administrators looked into it on May 16, they learned that by using the periodic table of elements spelled “To back that a** up.” Administrators didn’t get it, she said.

“Basically, it was me just saying start all over again,” Gray told WSB-TV. “You have to go back and start all over.”

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Source: Afro.com | Courtney Jacobs

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