School District Apologizes to HS Senior Suspended for Yearbook Joke

School District Apologizes to HS Senior Suspended for Yearbook Joke

A Georgia school district has apologized to high school senior Paris Gray for the miscommunication over her yearbook quote that was decoded as "back that a-- up."

Published May 21, 2014

Paris Gray, a Georgia high school senior, recently made national headlines for her yearbook quote that was decoded as "Back That A-- Up," a reference to a 1999 song by rapper Juvenile of the same title.

"I think their reaction was beyond what it should have been because nobody understood it," Gray told WSB-TV.

The exact message next to her yearbook photo read: "When the going gets tough just remember to Barium, Carbon, Potassium, Thorium, Astatine, Arsenic, Sulfur, Uranium, Phosphorus." 

Gray and her parents have since met with the superintendent and the school district has apologized for the "miscommunication" over the incident. Gray will still be able to participate in her graduation and deliver the speech that she was scheduled to make.

Her parents seemed to get the joke, at least. "My first reaction was, 'You are such a nerd," Gray's mother, Zarinah Woods, said to WSB-TV.

Administrators at Mundy's Mill High School originally suspended and banned Gray from her school's senior walk. Gray, the senior vice president of the school's student body, almost was not allowed to give a speech at her graduation.

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(Photo: WSBTV 2 Atlanta)

Written by Natelege Whaley


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