Teen Mom Caitlin Tiller’s Photo Banned from North Carolina High School Yearbook
A photo of a North Carolina teen mother holding her infant son has been banned from her high school yearbook.
Wheatmore High School in Trinity told seniors they could be photographed with a prop that captured their achievements or personalities for their yearbook pictures. According to students, there were no rules about what props they could hold. Some chose sports items, other picked band instruments or pets.
Caitlin Tiller chose her year-old son, Leelin.
“He helped me get to where I am today,” Tiller, who is 17, told MyFox 8. “I wouldn’t be the person I am today without him.”
Tiller said the birth of her son spurred her to work harder in school. She graduated early and was off to college in January. She also works more than 30 hours a week at a part-time job– and on top of it all, she’s a teenage mom.
Last month, just before Wheatmore’s yearbook went to press, Tiller was told her photo wouldn’t be printed because the school did not want to promote teen pregnancy. But to Tiller, Leelin represents so much more than that.
“He has helped me achieve my goal to graduate high school and go forward with my dreams,” she told MyFox 8.
“She took responsibility,” Tiller’s mom Karen Morgan told MyFox 8. “They should be proud that the students are willing to stay in school graduate and make something of themselves and not try and hide it.”
Wheatmore officials were not moved by Tiller’s argument and the yearbook is being printed without her photo, since she refused to submit an alternate snap. As far as she’s concerned, if the school doesn’t want to include the photo of what she feels is her greatest accomplishment in life, she’d rather not be in the yearbook at all.