With high school seniors getting close to graduating, a North Carolina high school invited students to use a prop for their senior picture that showcases an achievement or something that represented them.
However, one student won’t get her chance to be in the yearbook after the Wheatmore High School banned a teen mom’s photo with her son because it may promote teenage pregnancy.
According to Fox 8 News, 17-year-old Caitlin Tiller gave in a photo of herself with her son Leelin showing that she achieved the impossible and graduated high school early while trying to raise her baby boy. The school apparently didn’t see it that way once they removed the photo from the yearbook, with the school staff telling her that the picture would promote teen pregnancy and won’t be included.
Caitlin said, “I wouldn’t be the person I am today with out him … 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.”
The school asked if she wanted to give in another photo, but Caitlin refused, saying that the picture showed responsibility and love. If they wouldn’t allow the photo in the yearbook, then she would exclude herself from being in it.
Ever since giving birth to her son in April 2012, Caitlin was able to work hard to graduate last December and started attending college while working part-time 30 hours a week. The teen mom has gotten the support of her family and the baby’s father.
Caitlin’s mother Karen Morgan said that she hopes the school changes its mind in the future and allows students to be able to show their accomplishments, no matter how real those accomplishments are. “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,” Karen said.