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Senior Yearbook Quote Nearly Gets Girl Banned From Graduation

"Nerd humor" caused a world of trouble for Paris Gray.

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Chris Queen

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May 21, 2014 - 7:05 am
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The senior quote. You only get one chance to encapsulate your high school career in a few words. Do you go with something profound? Or funny? Do you make the Oscar speech you’ll never otherwise get to make? Do you quote a famous movie character or historical figure? Do you go with something clever and awesome, or do you just express your desire to party?

The biggest problem with the senior quote is that it’s forever. If you say something dumb, it’s right there in the yearbook for the school to remember forever. (For some reason, the yearbook staff inadvertently left mine out. I had gone all literary with a quote from Laurel Lee’s Godspeed*.)

Then there’s Paris Gray. The senior at Mundy’s Mill High School in Clayton County, just south of Atlanta, went with a little “nerd humor” for her quote, which wound up getting her in trouble.

Her quote? “When the going gets tough, just remember to Barium Carbon Potassium Thorium Astatine Arsenic Sulfur Uranium Phosphorus.” For those of you who aren’t up on your periodic table, the symbol for those elements translate to:

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School administrators obviously don't have enough real work to keep them busy, if they can spend their time deciphering harmless messages in the Yearbook, and browbeating kids who write clever passages.

The school district should lay about half of them off, and put the others to work doing something productive.
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The school needs to lighten up. The statement is smart & clever. My hat's off to this young lady. She's clearly smart, funny and articulate.
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Even if her intent was the most vulgar interpretation possible, it is still very clever.
Lighten up, people.
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I'm totally miffed.
30 weeks ago
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I remember when America had a First Amendment.
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More PC BS.
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Laurel Lee's Godspeed. now THERE"s a blast from the past....

As to Miss Gray, I rather doubt more than one or two in her entire graduating class would ever see through the arcanity of her quote, and that tiny handful that do will appreciate her subtle humour and sage advice.

and to those school administrators, shame on you. Why not call her in and ask her first to reveal the mystery and meaning of her quote? WHY decide from the git go that she's evil, mean, foul, dirty, and impose sanctions far beyond anything deserved? They are far too eager ti wield their big stick and keep their minions is proper submission. Control freaks they are, and a danger to society.
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Assuming yearbook quotes are either edited or cleared by the teacher assigned to monitor yearbook production each year, that use of "ass" in code should have been caught way before printing/distribution. The young woman could have then been told there are standards of decorum and to choose another quote. Certainly no one in my long-ago graduating class would have gotten away with such a quote. I know I'm going against the grain, but this is not a major free speech issue just because students hear/use worse speech 24/7 and so anything goes or should. The majority of website comment sections, and most likely PJMedia's, won't allow any number of crude words describing bodily functions or anatomy to be written by commenters. Yes, the young woman was being clever and original...and inappropriate.
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Wow, did some school administrator(s) actually know some chemistry? I'm surprised.
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Actually, she gave better advice than probably 99% of commencement speakers!
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Damn smart, damn clever! This young lady will obviously go places, unless her spirit is crushed by politically correct drones who have never had an original thought, and can only succeed if they forbid others to think, as well.
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Actually, Topknife, "politically correct drones" would have approved such smart and clever writings. The school was going against politically correct thought in being concerned about what speech is traditionally not used in a public forum. Her spirit won't be crushed. If that's the worst thing to ever happen to her, she will have led a charmed life.
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And really, we all know the indoctrination centers spend most of their time promoting having sex, abortion, and homo sexuality, in between the commie indoctrination sessions and the white privilege classes, so what difference does it make if she said back your a$$ up?
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It's interesting, Fudge, that you did not spell out ass. Self-editing speech was once a social accommodation. There are still words I use in private which I would not use in public. Old-fashioned though I may be, it would be so very nice if we all thought of the sensibilities of those around us. Remember the totally non-Conservative "Free Speech" movement at Berkeley? The leftists won, didn't they.
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Actual quote from a friend in the Class of '75 yearbook, Monroe-Woodbury Central High School, Orange County NY:

"Hasn't decided whether he's going to save the world or blow it up."

Try that today...
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