A photo of Caitlin Tiller, a senior at Wheatmore High School in Trinity, N.C., was banned from the school's yearbook because it showed the student carrying her son.
Fox8 reports, Wheatmore High School invited seniors to use a prop that represented them and their accomplishments for their senior year yearbook photo.
Students brought musical instruments, sports equipment and pets as their props. Tiller, who has a 1-year-old son, decided to pose with him and her picture ended up being banned because of it.
“He helped me get to where I am today,” said the 17-year-old. “I wouldn’t be the person I am today without him.”
Tiller says giving birth to her son has made her work harder than ever before. She said she worked harder in school to graduate early and began college in January. In addition, Tiller works over 30 hours a week at her part-time job, all while being a teen mom.
“He has helped me achieve my goal to graduate high school and go forward with my dreams.”
However, school officials believe the photo promotes teen pregnancy and informed Tiller her photo would not make the cut only two days before the yearbook came out.
Both Tiller and her mother Karen Morgan disagree with the school's ruling and think the picture promotes responsibility.
“She took responsibility,” Morgan told Fox. “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.”
Randolph County School officials did not make further comments regarding the picture and said their decision was final. Tiller was given the chance to submit another photo, but decided not to claiming that if the school was not proud of her hard work, she'd rather not be in the yearbook.