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Teen Comes Out with Best Yearbook Quote of Our Times

punning out

A good old-fashioned punning out.

Maxwell Barrett dropped the mic on his high school career and burned the closet door to the ground with a humdinger zinger of a yearbook quote.

"I wanted to go out with a bang," Barrett told The Huffington Post. "I had never done sports, or clubs. I was always just an art student. I wanted to go out in a way people would remember me by!" Spoken like a queen after my own heart. I'm glad that there's still a sense of flair in the upcoming children.


For Barrett's parents, the quote was more of a "confirmation" than a coming-out, but he said that they were proud of him and called his quote "the best one in the yearbook." Both his peers and teachers agreed, but Maxwell claims a yearbook supervisor initially refused to run the quote because of its "shock value."

The school superintendent couldn't produce the receipts on that one but let's just say it happened anyway -- it adds a little shading, and a little shade, to the story.

Though Maxwell admits to rephrasing a similar quote he'd seen online, it's not so much the source as the execution. 20 years from now, his peers will look back at that yearbook photo and whisper to themselves, "Werk."

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated Barrett's first name was Matthew. It is in fact Maxwell.

Les Fabian Brathwaite -- pun for the money, two for the shade.

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