School district apologizes over yearbook quote incident

Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 @ 1:28 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 @ 5:20 AM

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UPDATE: Paris Gray and her family met with the school's principal and the area superintendent on Tuesday. They apologized for the miscommunication and said they would not deny her giving a speech at graduation. The superintendent challenged her to "give the best speech ever."

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A Georgia teen says fallout over her quote in the yearbook is threatening to ruin her senior year.

Paris Gray is a senior class vice president at Mundy's Mill High School in suburban Atlanta, a member of SADD, the Beta Club, and a leader on campus. 

Now, she could be kept from walking at graduation next week. 

"I think their reaction was beyond what it should have been because nobody understood it," Gray said. 

She received an in-school suspension and was kept from participating in a senior walk last Friday after yearbooks were distrubuted, all due to a quote she left near her portrait.

The message was: "When the going gets tough just remember to Barium, Carbon, Potassium, Thorium, Astatine, Arsenic, Sulfur, Uranium, Phosphorus."

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Gray said the message wasn't flagged by any editors or adults.

Friday, administrators learned that by using periodic table the elements spelled "To back that as_ up."

"My first reaction was, you are such a nerd," said Gray's mother Zarinah Woods.

"Basically, it was me just saying start all over again," said Gray. "You have to go back and start all over." 

Administrators were not pleased.

Paris was kept from participating in the senior walk, and she was slated to give the inspirational speech at the graduation ceremony, but says an assistant principal told her she was out.

"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," said Gray.

The principal called shortly after the mother and daughter spoke with Willis. 

A school district spokesperson says that no decision has been made and that the area superintendent and the principal would meet with Gray's mother Tuesday morning.

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WATCH: Woman pulls gun on would-be robber, saves husband, family says

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:37 AM

Watch: Woman Pulls Gun On Robber, Saving Her Family

Police in Memphis, Tennessee, are searching for a man who allegedly attempted a robbery outside a Whitehaven home in broad daylight.

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A surveillance camera captured the weekend incident.

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One of the victims, who asked not to be identified, told WHBQ that his niece, who was visiting from Florida, took his gun and scared off the bold criminal after she saw that her husband was in trouble.

“She’s bold," he said. "She ain’t scared of nothing.”

In the video, the suspect has his right hand in his waist band as he stands behind the woman's husband. The victims said the man’s hand was on a gun.

Memphis police said Sunday afternoon the man in the blue jacket came to the Whitehaven home and asked to use one of the victims’ phones and then asked for a ride.

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While the incident was unfolding outside the house, the woman and her uncle reportedly were inside the house.

Police said that after the woman saw her husband in trouble, she came out the front door with a gun and fired a warning shot.

The uncle told WHBQ: “She said she didn’t want to kill him, but when he fired back at us after she fired the warning shot, she said she was trying to hit him then but didn’t.”

Memphis police told WHBQ that the suspect ran toward the back of the house before getting away.

Police said they are reviewing this surveillance video to get a positive ID on the suspect. If you have any information on who that suspect may be, call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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Teen was driving 106 mph in senior skip day crash that killed best friend, prosecutors say

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 4:10 AM

One Teen Killed And Another Injured In Car Accident On Senior Skip Day

Only WSB-TV was in court Wednesday when a Georgia teenager learned she faces a felony vehicular homicide charge in the death of her best friend.

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>> Teen killed, classmate injured in wreck on senior skip day

Cristina Pavon-Baker, 17, crashed on Interstate 75 in Morrow during senior skip day. The wreck killed Mikayla Penn, 18.

Pavon-Baker's attorney asked the judge Wednesday not to take her passport since she had a cruise scheduled next month.

>> On WSBTV.com: Passengers say 100 mph crash encouraged by Snapchat 'speed filter'

That upset the victim's family and the district attorney.

“She doesn't need to be on a cruise enjoying herself,” Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson told the court.

WSB-TV’s Tom Jones said Lawson was clearly irritated when Pavon-Baker’s attorney asked the judge to not take the teen’s passport as a condition of bond.

“We would ask the court to allow her to leave the state and not put that restriction on her,” said Pavon-Baker’s attorney, Jackie Patterson.

Lawson responded: “I have an 18-year-old that can't go on a cruise. I have an 18-year-old who can't be with her parents who are in the back of this courtroom."

>> On WSBTV.com: Teen faces felony charge after alleged Snapchat 'speed filter' crash

Jones said the cruise request upset Mikayla Penn's parents.

It was March 26 when Pavon-Baker and Penn reportedly were headed to Southlake Mall on senior skip day. Prosecutors said Pavon-Baker drove 106 mph in a 65 mph zone on the Jonesboro Road exit along I-75.

Pavon-Baker’s Mini Cooper reportedly flipped and crashed, killing Penn.

“We have some information that Snapchat may have been used” during the drive, Lawson said.

Pavon-Baker is facing first-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving and speeding charges.

Patterson said he meant no harm asking for Pavon-Baker to go on the cruise.

>> On WSBTV.com: Judge dismisses case against Snapchat in suit over serious wreck

“We were not trying to be insensitive. We were just trying to say, ‘Judge, she has already had these tickets for this cruise,’” Patterson told Jones.

Lawson said Pavon-Baker has received enough special treatment.

“If you look at her history, these parents have covered for her over and over and over again. I believe in my heart of hearts Ms. Penn would be alive if this child had some consequences,” Lawson said.

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Lawson was referring to some other traffic troubles Pavon-Baker has had.

The judge gave Pavon-Baker a $31,000 bond and ordered her to surrender her passport. The judge also ordered her not to drive and to stay off Snapchat.

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Texas town to host 0.5K run, welcomes 'underachievers'

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 2:19 AM

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22:  Runners cross over Tower Bridge during the London Marathon at United Kingdom on April 22, 2018 in London, England. 40,000 runners are taking part in the marathon alongside elite runners competing for a race.  (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Runners cross over Tower Bridge during the London Marathon at United Kingdom on April 22, 2018 in London, England. 40,000 runners are taking part in the marathon alongside elite runners competing for a race. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)(Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

Not all of us will run a marathon in our lifetime. Or a half-marathon, even. Or a 10K. Nope, not a 5K. 

But now there’s a running event for those who never thought they could say, “I can’t. I have my race that day.”

San Antonio neighbor Boerne has announced it will host a .5K, or a .31-mile race, May 5. The Facebook page for the event reads, “Underachievers welcome!” and boasts a “doughnut and coffee hydration station.”

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The page estimates the event will last “like 10 minutes” and promises finishers a sticker for their car, beer and a medal. 

The race also offered participants a VIP option for an additional $25 that would not require them to run at all. VIP “runners” get a larger medal. 

The event’s website was updated on April 18 to announce that the race is full and no longer accepting sign-ups. 

Don’t let that keep you from your dreams! You can go out and walk .31 miles right now. Or spring for VIP and stay right where you are.

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GQ magazine calls Bible 'foolish,' lists it among books 'you don't have to read'

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:46 AM

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  The 400 year old King James Bible on display in Lambeth Palace Library on May 25, 2011 in London, England. The book is part of an exhibition called
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: The 400 year old King James Bible on display in Lambeth Palace Library on May 25, 2011 in London, England. The book is part of an exhibition called "Out of the Original Sacred Tongues", showing bibles in various languages from as early as the 10th century. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)(Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

The Bible’s been around for centuries, but GQ magazine is like, eh? What’s so great about it? 

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The Good Book makes the mag’s list of “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read.” While allowing “there are some good parts,” the post calls the Bible “repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish and even at times ill-intentioned.”

Instead, GQ suggests, how about “The Notebook" by Agota Kristof? It’s billed as “a marvelous tale of two brothers who have to get along when things get rough.”

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The Bible finds itself in the company of works by J.D. Salinger, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway on the list of books that GQ is just not that into. “Catcher in the Rye” is dinged as being “without any literary merit whatsoever.” “Huckleberry Finn” is tedious, meandering and hamfisted, GQ says. Hemingway’s sentences? Too short. Even Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” makes the roster of books to skip.

Here’s the entire list, which includes contributions by various writers.

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