Teen Mom’s Photo Banned from High School Year Book

Seventeen-year-old Caitlin Tiller will be graduating from high school this year, just a couple of months after her son celebrated his 1st birthday. But unlike her classmates at North Carolina’s Wheatmore High School, Caitlin won’t have a photo in the year book to look back on.

When it came time for students to pose for their year end pictures, they were asked to bring something that best represents them. Caitlin brought her baby boy. “He helped me get to where I am today,” the teen mom, who graduated months early despite working 30 hours per week, explained to a local TV station. “I wouldn’t be the person I am today without him.”

She was informed two days before the book was to be printed that if she wanted to be included in the annual she would need to provide an alternate photo. Though district administrators have explained the decision by saying that portraits shouldn’t include “an extension of the family” (a policy that apparently didn’t extend to family pets), Caitlin says school staff told her that the real reason the picture was banned is that officials worried that it would “promote teen pregnancy.”

Though the school has said that the decision is final and the book is now being printed, Caitlin’s own mom Karen Morgan hopes that they have a change of heart if and when they’re faced with this situation again: “She took responsibility,” she notes of her daughter. “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.”

What do you think: Do you agree with the school’s decision to ask Caitlin for a different photo? Or should the picture that included her son have been accepted?


Source: Baby Center

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