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Teen mom’s photo banned from high school yearbook

Posted at 12:41 PM, May 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-03 10:50:17-04

TRINITY, N.C. (WGHP) –  The picture of a North Carolina high school senior holding her son has been banned from the school yearbook.

Last summer, the school invited seniors to include a prop in their senior picture that represents an achievement or something that best represents them. Students say the invitation did not include rules or requirements.

Students chose everything from baseballs, band instruments to family pets. Caitlin Tiller chose her son, Leelin.

“He helped me get to where I am today,” said Tiller who is 17.  “I wouldn’t be the person I am today without him.”

Tiller says since the birth of her son in April of 2012, she’s worked harder in school and graduated early. She started college in January and works more than 30 hours a week at a part-time job all while also being teenage mom. Tiller says she gets a lot of support from her family and Leelin’s father.

In April, just two days before the yearbook was to be printed, Tiller says school staff told her the picture was being pulled because it promoted teen pregnancy.

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