Friday, May 23, 2014

Student Suspended for Chemistry Joke in Her Yearbook

Senior class vice president and all-around model student Paris Gray tried out a  chemistry joke, but she didn't get a positive reaction from school administrators.

School administrators suspended Gray from her high school in Jonesboro, Georgia after they finally caught on to the joke that she had written for her personal quote in the yearbook. The quote read, "When the going gets tough just remember to Barium, Carbon, Potassium, Thorium, Astatine, Arsenic, Sulfur, Uranium, Phosphorus."

If you look on the periodic table, the elements Barium, Carbon, Potassium, Thorium, Astatine, Arsenic, Sulfur, Uranium, Phosphorus translate to [Ba][C][K] [Th][At] [As][S] [U][P], when you use their acronyms. Well played, Ms. Gray. Well played.

Sadly, school administrators don't share Gray's enthusiasm for the  nerdy joke. What began as a light-hearted quote to fondly remember her senior year could possibly threaten Gray's ability to attend graduation. Gray told local news station WSB-TV, "It just completely destroyed me, and my mom's been telling me don't let it ruin my happiness, but it's like really taking a big toll."

Update, May 20: Paris Gray will now be able to walk at graduation after meeting with the school district’s superintendent.


Jokes are dangerous these days


Anonymous said...

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road.

Henry Ward Beecher

Anonymous said...

If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.

Mohandas Gandhi

Anonymous said...

When humor goes, there goes civilization.

Erma Bombeck

Anonymous said...

Next to power without honor, the most dangerous thing in the world is power without humor.

Eric Sevareid

Use the Name, Luke said...

Jokes are dangerous these days

Especially when they're hired as school administrators.

Bird of Paradise said...

The ones who need to be suspended are the idiot adminastartors suspended indefnetly and with a 75% cut in their pay checks

Uno Hu said...

I fail to understand why so many students are "devastated" by being told they cannon attend their graduation ceremony from high school. Unless you are giving a valedictory address, or alternatively unless there was a great deal of anxiety about whether you would graduate, for the +/- 90% who fit somewhere in the middle, it is about 1 1/2 hours of droning on by school officials and a tepid, flaccid address by some graduation speaker that most students (and parents) really couldn't care less about what he or she says. A much more appropriate response by a student "banned" from graduation would be "So what? You have my address. Mail my diploma and good riddance to ye!"

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:38

Very astute observation. I know I felt that way, bored, at both high school and college graduation. The ceremony is more for the family and friends than the students.

Anonymous said...

I never had a problem missing my graduation ceremonies.
I missed all three (High School, College, Grad School) because I had to work.
But then, I'm old...
Work ethic doesn't mean the same as it used to.

Anonymous said...

Don't these people realize that this is good news?
A student actually remembered something she learned in chemistry class!