TRINITY, N.C. (CBS Charlotte/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 1-year-old son, Leelin, for the Wheatmore High School yearbook photo last summer after the school told seniors to include a prop with their senior picture that represents an achievement or something that represents them.
Tiller says the picture promotes responsibility and love. She chose not to submit an alternate photo.
“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,” Tiller told WFMY-TV.
Tiller says since the birth of her son last year, she graduated early, started college in January and is working more than 30 hours a week while being a teen mom.
“I want everyone to see that you can make a mistake and you can overcome it,” Tiller told WFMY. “And then I don’t want to say Leelin is a mistake, because he’s not. But everyone bumps their heads.”
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.
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