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, according to WSB-TV.
Paris Gray is the senior class vice president, a member of SADD and the Beta Club, and a leader on campus. However, she could be kept from walking at graduation next week, according to the report.
Gray received in-school suspension and was kept from a senior walk event last week after yearbooks were distributed to students.
Inside the yearbook was Gray’s quote. The message read:
“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.