Trinity, NC (WFMY) -- A teen mother is upset with the Randolph County School
system because they won't allow her senior yearbook photo to
The school asked students to bring props for their photo. Caitlin
Tiller, who attends Wheatmore High School, took her picture holding her
"This is ridiculous because, if people can bring their football,
their musical instrument, their pets, with their siblings. But I can't
take a picture with my son? I don't understand," said Tiller.
The school's yearbook advisor told her, the picture would be pulled
because a baby in a school yearbook photo was not school related.
Tiller said she told about the picture being pulled, just two days
before the yearbooks were to be printed. And she believes the yearbook
photo guidelines were unclear.
According to Tiller, the school offered some other options. They
wanted her to provide another photo or use the picture with her son, but
in the "Senior Advertising" section of the back yearbook.
Tiller told WFMY News 2, it's time for the school system to embrace
her accomplishment publicly. She didn't quit school, even when her life
Tiller feels she's not alone; 43% of North Carolina teen girls were
pregnant in 2011, according to the state of adolescent health and
"I want everyone to see that you can make a mistake and you can
overcome it. And then I don't want to say Leelin is a mistake, because
he's not. But everyone bumps their heads," said Tiller.
A Wheatmore High School representative said the school stands by its
decision not to publish the picture. And the spokesperson added,
Wheatmore High School will no longer allow students to use props in
As for Tiller and her son, they recently celebrated Leelin's first
birthday in April. Tiller is also in college and working a part-time