Teen’s creative yearbook joke nearly gets her banned from graduation

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JONESBORO, GA (NewsFix DFW) – Most of us only know the periodic table from “Breaking Bad”. Paris Gray knows it a little better.

Her high school yearbook message read: “When the going gets tough, just remember to barium, carbon, potassium, thorium, astatine, arsenic, sulfur, uranium, phosphorus.”

Sounds pretty geeky, ’til you see those elements from the table, with their abbreviations. Then it spells “back that @*& up.”

“That was just me saying, ‘start all over again,'” said Gray.

The yearbook editor didn’t get it. Neither did her mom.

“My first reaction was, ‘you are such a nerd,'” said  Zarinah Woods, Gray’s mother.

When Georgia school officials finally figured it out, they threatened to suspend Paris and even cancel her graduation speech.

“It just completely destroyed me, and my mom’s been telling me don’t let it ruin my happiness,” Paris said. “But it’s like really taking a big toll.”

But now the school district is backing up. They say Paris can graduate. Maybe they’re embarassed because they didn’t see it before the yearbook was printed.

If only she’d used Scrabble letters.

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