Paris Gray appears to me to be a model student. She is the senior class vice president. She is involved with Students Against Drunk Driving and other organizations. She was scheduled to deliver an inspirational talk at her upcoming high school graduation. Now she’s in trouble because of a clever message she entered in her yearbook.
When the going gets tough, just remember to Barium Carbon Potassium Thorium Astatine Arsenic Sulfer [sic] Uranium Phospheros [sic].”
The periodic symbols for these elements spell out a message: BaCK ThAt AsS UP.
This phrase happens to be the title of some twerk verbal sewage which passes for musical entertainment these days. I’m not even sure the school administration went so far as to see that so-called song as a provocation or merely the phrase itself.
Even though the yearbook entry passed through the editorial process, the administration is now upset about her message. Paris has been uninvited to give that inspirational talk. She was given an in-school suspension and barred from participating in the senior walk. She worries that her graduation may be in jeopardy.
There is an abundance of numskull disciplinarians among school administrators. No item or pictorial rendition that may suggest something that could possibly be construed as a gun is permitted. Now language intended as worldly advice with a touch of humor is absurdly scrutinized.
Basically, it was me just saying start all over again.”
Paris’ joke is clever and nonthreatening. The school administration should take the advice and back their Arsenic Sulfur up.