Ga. Student in Hot Water Over Yearbook Quote

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A senior class vice president and leader at her high school was in hot water this week 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 seems 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
Th – Thorium
At – Astatine
As – Arsenic
S – Sulfur
U – Uranium
P – Phosphorus

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“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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