NC teen upset picture with son cut from yearbook

TRINITY, N.C. (AP) — A Randolph County teen says school officials pulled a picture of her and her son from the high school yearbook after telling her it promoted teen pregnancy.

Seventeen-year-old Kaitlin Tiller posed with her son, Leelin, for the Wheatmore High School yearbook photo last summer after the school told seniors to pose with something that represents them or an achievement.

Randolph County Schools Superintendent Donald Andrews said Friday the yearbook’s practice has been to include photos only of graduating students, though family and friends could appear with seniors in advertisements.

Tiller says the picture promotes responsibility and love. She didn’t submit an alternate photo.

Tiller says since her son’s birth last year, she graduated early, started college, and is working more than 30 hours a week while being a teen mom.

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227-a-10-(Caitlin Tiller, teen mother whose picture with her baby was not allowed in her high school yearbook, in interview)-”he can’t be”-Caitlin Tiller says seniors were told to bring a prop to the yearbook photo shoot, something they loved or that represented an achievement. COURTESY: Fox 8 WGHP ((mandatory on-air credit)) (3 May 2013)

<<CUT *227 (05/03/13)>> 00:10 “he can’t be”

228-a-06-(Caitlin Tiller, teen mother whose picture with her baby was not allowed in her high school yearbook, in interview)-”graduate high school”-Teen mother Caitlin Tiller says she brought her son for the yearbook photo because he represents love and achievement. COURTESY: Fox 8 WGHP ((mandatory on-air credit)) (3 May 2013)

<<CUT *228 (05/03/13)>> 00:06 “graduate high school”

229-a-02-(Caitlin Tiller, teen mother whose picture with her baby was not allowed in her high school yearbook, in interview)-”today without him”-Teen mother Caitlin Tiller says her one-year-old son has motivated her to finish high school, start college and take a job. COURTESY: Fox 8 WGHP ((mandatory on-air credit)) (3 May 2013)

<<CUT *229 (05/03/13)>> 00:02 “today without him”

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