NORTH CAROLINA - A North Carolina high school student is upset her senior photo has been banned from the school yearbook. She took the picture while holding her son and the school pulled it from the yearbook.
Wheatmore senior Caitlin Tiller is proud of what she's accomplished. Just weeks from graduation, she finished high school in December, started college in January, works more than 30 hours a week at a part-time job, and her motivation behind it all? Her son. She's a teenage mom to 1-year-old Leelin. "I wouldn't be the person I am today with out him," says Caitlin.
Last summer, the high school asked seniors to have their yearbook picture taken with a prop of their choosing that best represents them. Something they like or an achievement. "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," says Caitlin.
Tiller says while other students' pictures included sports equipment, a musical instrument or even the family pet, she says she was told this 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."
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," says Caitlin.
Tiller's mom, Karen Morgan hopes the school system will have a change of heart in the future and embrace those student 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."
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