Teen mom's senior picture banned from school yearbook

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by CNN

KMOV.com

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Updated Friday, May 3 at 12:41 PM

(CNN) -- A high school senior in North Carolina is in shock after her senior picture has been banned from the school yearbook.

Wheatmore senior Caitlin Tiller is proud of what she’s accomplished.

She’s just weeks from graduation --- she finished high school in December – and started college in January. And She works more than 30 hours a week at a part-time job.

Her motivation behind it all?

Her 1-year-old son Leelin.

“I wouldn’t be the person I am today without him,” Tiller said.

Last summer, the high school asked seniors to have their yearbook picture taken with a prop of their choosing that best represents them.

“So I brought my son thinking that he could be in the yearbook with me and two days before the book was due I find out he can’t be in,” she said.

Tiller said while other students’ pictures included sports equipment, a musical instrument or even the family pet, she says she was told her picture was not allowed as it promoted teen pregnancy.

She sees the picture as one of responsibility and love.

“The love that I have for my son and how he has helped me achieve my goal to graduate high school,” Tiller said.

Randolph County school officials would not comment on exactly why the picture was pulled, except to say the yearbook should be all about the student, not an extension of the student’s family.

“They should be proud that the students are willing to stay in school and graduate and make something of their self and not try and hide it,” said Tiller’s mom, Karen Morgan.

Morgan hopes the school system will have a change of heart in the future and embrace those students who are proud of their accomplishments no matter how real they may be.

“She took responsibility. She takes care of Leelin, she’s there.  Right there with him,” she said.

 

 

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