ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

clear-day
75°
Sunny
H 95° L 73°
  • clear-day
    75°
    Current Conditions
    Sunny. H 95° L 73°
  • clear-day
    90°
    Afternoon
    Sunny. H 95° L 73°
  • clear-day
    92°
    Evening
    Sunny. H 95° L 73°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg news on demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg traffic on demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg weather on demand

00:00 | 00:00

School district apologizes over yearbook quote incident

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."

This an update to a previous story. The original story is below

-----------

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."

>> See some of the most memorable commencement speeches ever

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.

Read More
  • A woman choked her dog to death because she was tired of the dog biting her.  A Monroe County Sheriff's statement says 61-year-old Alice Evans told deputies on Saturday that the dog named Big John had bitten her on the hand the previous night. She was arrested Tuesday on a felony charge of cruelty to animals.   The arrest report says Evans told investigators she choked the dog with his collar and buried him in the backyard. The report says the wound on Evans hand was 'no larger than a pencil eraser.'   The deputy dug up the dog's body and took it to a veterinarian for a necropsy, which confirmed the cause of death to be strangulation.   Jail records don't list an attorney for Evans.
  • A video stunt gone wrong leaves a woman charged in the fatal shooting of her boyfriend.   Monalisa Perez, of Halstad, was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Pedro Ruiz III.   A criminal complaint says the 19-year-old Perez told authorities Ruiz wanted to make a YouTube video of her shooting a bullet into a book he was holding against his chest. She says she fired from about a foot away.   Authorities say Ruiz died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.   The victim's aunt, Claudia Ruiz, tells WDAY-TV that the couple played pranks and put them on YouTube.   Perez was granted a public defender and released on $7,000 bail.   The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
  • A stolen car has four flat tires after a police chase.   The owner had chased after his car on foot after it was stolen near 800 South Quaker Avenue around 12:45 a.m. Thursday. Tulsa police arrived and took over. TPD Sergeant Joe Gimble tells KRMG that officers “pursued the vehicle until the vehicle crashed out over at First and Frankfort.” But the chase wasn't over. “Two occupants took off. One went east and the other one went west.” A police canine caught the driver, 32-year old Derek Jacobson, but his passenger is still at large.
  • In October of last year, TFD Chief Ray Driskell had a meeting with a captain who recorded the conversation. Capt. Nick Gillespie had been disciplined for an incident in which he was photographed sitting down in a ladder bucket during an incident. It was apparently not the first time Chief Driskell had to meet with Capt. Gillespie, and he clearly wasn’t happy about the circumstances. What followed can only be described as a no-holds barred, profanity-laced dressing down of an employee. It’s unclear whether Driskell knew he was being recorded, though he says early on that the discussion should remain inside that room. It didn’t, and after Gillespie was busted down from captain to firefighter, he went to arbitration and his attorney, Joel LaCourse, released the recording to the media. They also requested an investigation into Driskell’s treatment of Gillespie, and whether Driskell needed a CLEET certification in order to carry a firearm. Earlier this week, Mayor G. T. Bynum issued a statement in which he said the investigation by his office did not result in any disciplinary action against Driskell, and that the city attorney had previously issued an opinion that the chief didn’t need a CLEET certification. But the mayor’s statement did not directly address concerns over the language or tenor of the conversation between Driskell and Gillespie. Earlier this week, Fire Fighters Local 176 voted to hold a vote of no confidence concerning the chief. LaCourse tells KRMG that in the meantime, his client’s arbitration over his demotion will continue. They’re still considering whether any other legal action can or should be taken. He expressed his appreciation for the mayor’s willingness to investigate Driskell’s conduct, but admitted he was disappointed in the outcome. “Chief Driskell’s conduct towards Captain Gillespie was unequivocally inappropriate. He was berating him, he used substantial profanity and vulgarity that wouldn’t be tolerated within any other department within the city of Tulsa,” LaCourse said. KRMG has requested an interview with Chief Driskell, but so far he has declined.
  • Tulsa police are trying to find a hit and run driver. Matthew Hedenberg was stuck and killed as he walked on North Yale Avenue near East Admiral Place last week. The car may be a dark-color, 2004 to 2010 Chevy Cobalt with damage to the front end and to a passenger-side mirror. If you can help the investigation, call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.