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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.

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  1. anonymousMay 3, 2013 at 11:48 amReply

    Caitlin was offered a free senior ad in the back of the book, with all of the other seniors. They did not want the picture of her and Leelin in the senior portrait section….so therefore it was not banned from the WHOLE book. Everyone needs to know both sides of the story, before they go and publish this nation wide. This has been blown way out of proportion, and there is nothing she can do about it now, the book has been printed. so there.

  2. Thomas KaskaMay 3, 2013 at 3:35 pmReply

    Let me get this right. You can sell an abortion pill to a 15 year old, but can’t take a pic of a mother and child. Sounds about right in the Obama America. Happy Mother’s Day to all the normal thinkers.

  3. NoMoreWelfareMay 3, 2013 at 5:51 pmReply

    That is a school and having a picture of a teenager with her kid is not appropriate for a school yearbook. I’m sure she can go to her local Walmart and get a family portrait done with a graduation theme as well. Really, does this girl not have any boundaries at all?

  4. LamikaMay 3, 2013 at 11:04 pmReply

    I agree with the school’s decision to pull the photo. High School is about grades, clubs, goals, extracurricular activities, scholarships, etc. No, teen pregnancy is not something to be proud of, feral dogs and cats do it all the time.Not getting what you want all the time is a part of growing up. “Tiller believes her snapshot shows that she’s responsible”…. because nothing shows responsibility quite like teen pregnancy. How is pregnancy an achievement?

  5. Marnix A. van AmmersMay 12, 2013 at 5:12 pmReply

    It sounds like there is no father around. Knowing all the difficulties of raising a child by yourself when you’re still in school, I doubt this girl planned this pregnancy. I can see how she can love the child and be proud of the child’s accomplishments. But I can’t imagine she is proud of getting pregnant. Getting pregnant was probably a mistake and that’s not something she should be proud of.

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