Wheatmore High School senior Caitlin Tiller is proud of what she's accomplished. Just weeks from graduation, she finished high school in December, started college in January, works more than 30 hours a week at a part-time job...and her motivation behind it all?
"I want to give him the life I've been given plus more," says Caitlin.
Her son...she's a teenage mom to 1-year-old Leelin...
"He helped me get to where I am today so I wouldn't be the person I am today without him," Caitlin says.
Last summer, the high school asked seniors to have their yearbook picture taken with a prop of their choosing that best represents them...something they like or an achievement...
"So, I brought my son...thinking that he could be in the yearbook with me and two days before the book was due I find out he can't be in the yearbook," Caitlin says. She says, while other students pictures included sports equipment, a musical instrument or even the family pet...she says she was told this picture was not allowed as it promoted teen pregnancy...she sees the picture as one of responsibility and love...
"The love that I have for my son and how he has helped me achieve my goal to graduate has and go forward with my dreams," Caitlin says.
Randolph County school officials would not comment on exactly why the picture was pulled, except to say the yearbook should be all about the student...not an extension of the student's family.
"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," says Caitlin's mother, Karen Morgan, who hopes the school system will have a change of heart in the future...and embraces those student who are proud of their accomplishments no matter how real they may be...
"She took responsibility...she takes care of Leelin, me and her dad help her out, with working and going to school but other than that she's there right there with him," says Morgan.
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