Student body officer’s clever yearbook quote could keep her from graduation

Posted at 11:40 AM, May 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-20 13:40:08-04

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A senior class vice president and leader at her high school could be kept from walking at her graduation over a quote she had next to her picture in the school’s yearbook, WSB-TV reports.

In addition to her duties as a student body officer, Paris Gray is a member of SADD and the Beta Club at Mundy’s Mill High School in Clayton County, Ga.

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

The quote itself seem innocuous enough until you look up those elements on the periodic table and put together the symbols for each one:

Ba – Barium
C – Carbon
K – Potassium
At – Astatine

As – Arsenic
S – Sulfur
U – Uranium
P – Phosphorus

“Basically, it’s just me saying ‘Start all over again’,” Paris told  WSB-TV.

But school administrators didn’t think it was funny once they decoded the message.

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