Teen mom's photo banned from yearbook at North Carolina school

TRINITY, N.C. - Wheatmore senior Caitlin Tiller, of Trinity, North Carolina, 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," said Tiller.

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," said Tiller.

While other students' pictures included sports equipment, a musical instrument or even the family pet, Tiller 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," said Tiller.

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 Karen Moran, Tiller's mother.

She 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," said Moran.


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