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School bans teen mom´s
senior portrait from yearbook

ABC 7 Chicago, by Staff

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Posted By:US Veteran, 5/4/2013 9:28:07 AM

A high school student is fighting back after her senior photo was pulled from the school yearbook. The photo shows North Carolina senior Caitlin Tiller holding her now one-year old son. The school asked students to have their picture taken with something that best represents them or an achievement. Tiller chose her son because he represented her drive to stay in school. The school didn´t see it that way. Caitlin says she was told the picture promoted teen pregnancy. She sees it as a symbol of responsibility and love. "They should be proud that the students are willing to stay in school

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mamafrog, 5/4/2013 9:33:10 AM     (No. 9310094)

I can understand why the school did not want to show her with her baby. But when they told the students to pose with something that represents them or an achievement they opened a door. She chose to have her child, continue on in school and be responsible and that is an achievement. The school needs to allow her picture and consider changing their policy for senior pictures next year. I hope she uses the money the school system will be paying in what surely will a lawsuit to get further education.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jalo1951, 5/4/2013 9:38:52 AM     (No. 9310103)

But if she was wearing a planned parenthood t-shirt, holding a package of Plan B pills with a pile of condoms at her feet it would be okay. After all she would be promoting "safe" sex. Agree with the above. They opened the door and now want to change the rules. Print the picture and be more specific for next year.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kanphil, 5/4/2013 9:42:26 AM     (No. 9310108)

Absolutely right, #1! A baby at least is a thing of beauty. Think of the things that some of the more rambunctious students might have held. For generations, the standard for year books has been the "mug shot" which exactly suited the purpose of providing an image of the student to be remembered by. People running today´s public schools need a little re-education themselves!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mc squared, 5/4/2013 9:45:01 AM     (No. 9310115)

How would the other students excuse it when they show the book in years to come? The school is right but shouldn´t have allowed any ´expression´ in the photos.

There has to be some shame or it is giving a wink and a nod to mommy.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Jennie C., 5/4/2013 9:45:21 AM     (No. 9310116)

Interesting. I graduated in 1973. There was a gal in my class who had gotten pregnant. She had married the father, and wanted to finish school.

She was not allowed to attend school, but she only had 2-3 credits left, so one of the teachers was her advocate and pushed so that she could work from home and graduate. Said teacher was also the yearbook adviser, so yes, her picture (with married name) was in our yearbook.

That was in the days when senior pix were only head-shots, so the baby wouldn´t have been an issue.

I don´t remember if she was able to come to commencement (probably not), but she got her diploma, from her HS, and at the same time as her classmates. I thought it a good thing.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: JLoophole, 5/4/2013 10:07:49 AM     (No. 9310159)

She is promoting life. She could have aborted her baby. Let her have her picture!


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Reply 7 - Posted by: miceal, 5/4/2013 10:08:30 AM     (No. 9310160)

In my day she would have been sent to live with an out of town relative until the baby was born. She would have returned home, gone back to school if she wanted, but a year behind, and there would be a "new" little brother in her family. I write from experience. I´m not too sure "we" didn´t have the best deal for BOTH kids. Of course there was ALWAYS the "marry the daddy" option and still finish school at a later date...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mary Ellen, 5/4/2013 10:10:56 AM     (No. 9310168)

Good for her! She didn´t abort her baby, she stayed in school to get her diploma, and she didn´t pose with an Obama sign. Good luck to her in the future.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 5/4/2013 10:12:54 AM     (No. 9310176)

My aunt married her high school sweetheart in 1947 when whe was 16 and remained in school. They a baby girl the next year and when graduation came around my aunt and her daughter had their picture taken with my aunt in her cap and gown. The local paper even ran a story about them. This was 1948 small-town Oklahoma. Granted, my aunt was a stellar student and should have was headed to engineering school, but the community was proud of her accomplishments.
If the school is worred about promoting teen pregnancy they might want to check out their sex-education program.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: maggie2u, 5/4/2013 10:41:18 AM     (No. 9310235)

And definitely no pictures of anyone pointing to the sky.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: siriusckp, 5/4/2013 11:34:26 AM     (No. 9310343)

Now, if she´d submitted her photo with a sign declaring that she was gay, she might even have received a telephone call from the president.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 5/4/2013 11:46:21 AM     (No. 9310363)

I am on the edge with this. Glad she had her baby and did not abort. However, it´s a yearbook about individuals. If she is there with her baby, why not someone else with their baby brother or sister that they take care of? Or with their boyfriend or girlfriend? Or whoever.

Not that I care. Yearbooks are a waste of time, and most of the stuff that is in there is a waste. Get the kids seriously educated, and give them all a group shot of their homeroom when they graduate. Kick all the proms, sports teams, and other stuff off campus to be paid for directly by those that so partake in said activities. Money saved buys better books and curriculum.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Smart11344, 5/4/2013 1:03:34 PM     (No. 9310457)

A high school annual is not the place to put a "family portrait". I´m from the stone gae and when I graduated from high school in 1962, girls who became pregnant magically disappeared fro the campus. Life is full of choices. She made one bad choice of becoming pregnant. The lack of morals escapes today´s teens and some posters.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: 3xalady, 5/4/2013 1:45:21 PM     (No. 9310507)

The school annual is no place for a baby picture. Nurseries in school are nothing but instigators to young ladies having babies before they graduate. Every time I see a young lady with a baby and no wedding ring, I think to myself ´Kaching to the taxpayer.´ I don´t care whether they are black or white or whatever color. The lack of morals and responsibility today is shocking to this old gal. Glad I´m where I am in life.

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