Hidden message in yearbook quote may keep Georgia class vice president from walking at graduation

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga - A high school senior class vice president and campus leader may be kept from walking with her class at next week’s graduation.

That’s because her coded yearbook quote has upset administrators.

ABC affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta reports Paris Gray, who is a Beta Club member and involved with Students Against Drunk Driving, was slated to give an inspirational talk at graduation but has been told she’s out.

Officials are upset because she put this hidden message by her yearbook photo: "When the going gets tough just remember to Barium, Carbon, Potassium, Thorium, Astatine, Arsenic, Sulfur, Uranium, Phosphorus."

The symbols from the periodic table to spell-out “Back that a** up.”

Gray told WSB, "Basically, it was me just saying start all over again."

What does her mom think of her daughter’s message?

"My first reaction was, ‘You are such a nerd’," Gray's mother Zarinah Woods told WSB's Carl Willis.

The hidden message wasn’t caught by yearbook editors or adults.

According to the WSB report, school officials say a decision won’t be made until after the area superintendent and principal meet with Woods.

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