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Teen Mom's Photo Banned from High School Yearbook

Courtesy Caitlin Tiller(TRINITY, N.C.) -- When Caitlin Tiller receives her high school yearbook later this month, she won’t find a single picture of herself on its pages.

Tiller’s photo was not allowed in the high school yearbook because she held her baby boy in the picture.

“The lady who runs the yearbook texted me and said, ‘We can’t use your picture in the yearbook because it promotes teen pregnancy,’” Tiller, 18, from Trinity, N.C., told ABC News about the exchange last month.

Wheatmore High School, in Trinity, N.C., allowed students to use a prop in their yearbook photos that would show something they were proud of when they posed for the photos last summer.

“There were no stipulations,” Tiller’s mom Karen Morgan, 42, also from Trinity, told ABC News. “They said, ‘Use whatever you want.’”

Tiller’s son, Leelin, 1, had just been born last summer when she took him to her yearbook photo appointment. “Everyone saw me with Leelin,” Tiller said. “No one said anything about me having my picture taken with him.”

That was until April 12, just days before the yearbook was going to print when the teacher at the school sent her the text notifying her that she had two days to submit a new photo without Leelin or not be in the yearbook.

“If he wasn’t going to be in it with me, I didn’t want be in it at all,” Tiller said.

Tiller, who graduated from high school early in December and is now attending Randolph County Community College, said the school fully supported her during her pregnancy. “They all helped me when I needed the help,” Tiller said. “I don’t understand why they’re being like this.”

Tiller said her best friend, who has a child, was also not allowed to have her picture with her child in the yearbook. She said, however, that a photo of a pregnant student, who posed with hands around her stomach, was allowed to be in the yearbook.

Both Tiller and Morgan said they tried to speak to school officials, but were not successful. ”I tried to fight it, but no one was budging,” Tiller said. Morgan said one school board member even hung up on her.

Donald E. Andrews, superintendent of Randolph County Schools, said in a statement to ABC News, “The practice at Wheatmore High School regarding yearbook pictures for seniors has been to include only graduating students in the senior section, and to permit family members and friends to be featured with our seniors in the ad section of the yearbook.”

Andrews said they offered Tiller this option and regretted not making their policy clearer to her.

“I feel like it’s discrimination,” Tiller said.

Morgan said the school is trying to hide its teen moms rather than being proud of girls who stay in school and achieve their goals like her daughter.

“She finished high school early, started college this year, and is working 30-36 hours a week,” Morgan said. “It’s ridiculous. She has proven so much and been such an inspiration to teen moms.”

While it is too late for Tiller’s photo to be in the yearbook, she and Morgan hope that the attention her story has gotten will help other teen moms gain recognition for their hard work. ”Having a baby is not easy,” said Tiller, who is currently studying to be a medical assistant.

When asked what advice she had for teen moms, she said, “Keep on fulfilling your dreams.

“Don’t give up because that little baby needs you.”

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Pennsylvania High School Imposes Toilet Paper Restrictions

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MAHANOY CITY, Pa.) -- A rash of vandalism in the boys' bathrooms at Mahanoy Area High School in Pennsylvania has prompted administrators to remove toilet paper from the lavatories and issue it on an as needed basis. 

Any boy needing bathroom tissue must request it from the nurse or the main office and sign it out, and then sign it back in.

The website reports Principal Thomas Smith explained the reason for the rationing at a recent school board meeting, saying, "We've had serious destruction to our bathrooms for the past two years."

Principal Smith told those in attendance, "We have a case pending with the police where a bathroom down by our gymnasium was absolutely destroyed.  I'm sure our district facilities director could tell you the times that our toilets have been jammed with toilet paper and other papers.  And after we took the toilet tissue out of there, people were throwing books.  It was our way to try to curb the destruction in the bathrooms."

However, some parents argue that the measure is extreme, and students are embarrassed to go to the office for toilet paper. 

Smith noted that he could be swayed to wipe the slate clean and put the toilet paper back in the bathroom, but he warned, "If the bathroom is destroyed, it will be removed."

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California Student Starts Modesty Club in Reaction to Too Much Skin

Brent Hatch(SOUTH PASADENA, Calif.) -- High-school freshman Saige Hatch was sick of seeing her peers revealing too much skin when she came to school each day.

"From elementary to middle school, and then to high school, I noticed immodesty," she told ABC News.  "I really wanted to start a club to bring awareness to it and bring remembrance to what modesty is."

Inspired by her brother's No Cussing Club, Hatch, 15, started the Modesty Club at South Pasadena High School in South Pasadena, Calif., in September to bring attention to her cause.

"A shift is coming, sneaking through the literal fabric of our culture," read a statement on the club's website.  "Our bright heroic women are being made the fool.  A fool to think that to be loved they must be naked.  To be noticed they must be sexualized.  To be admired they must be objectified."

While South Pasadena High School has a dress code that requires students to cover the "range of skin from armpit to 'The Bottom Line,'" defined as "a hand's width below the bottom of the buttocks," Hatch is crusading for a more traditional definition.

She said she views immodest dress as showing cleavage, showing one's midriff or one's shoulders.  Immodesty also includes shorts, dresses, pants and skirts that are too short or tight, she said.

The Modesty Club only boasts 17 members at school, but Hatch said the website has helped to garner more than 1,000 members who come from all 50 states and 14 countries.

This week, Michael Cacciotti, the mayor of South Pasadena, commended Hatch for her efforts and granted her a proclamation.  The city has declared Dec. 3-7 "Modesty Week" in South Pasadena.

Cacciotti had granted her brother a similar proclamation when he started his own club.

"People are afraid to stand up," Hatch said.  "I know there are a lot of people who wanted to start it, but sometimes it's hard to stand up and take the courage to start a club."

She said that as she moves forward with the club, Hatch plans to put together an online petition to members of the film and magazine industries for more modest attire. Hatch also has plans to write to clothing designers to make more modest clothing for women, in general, and to arrange to have a vote in school to enforce the dress code or switch to uniforms, she said.

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High School Football Ban Proposal Under Attack in New Hampshire

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A retired New Hampshire doctor and school board member has caused an uproar with his proposed ban on high school football, saying the game is too dangerous for underage students.

High school football is an American institution, so when Dr. Paul Butler advanced what many people believe is a radical idea at a sparsely attended meeting in Dover, N.H., the former high school football player caused a commotion near and far.

"We have a moral imperative to at least begin the process of ending this game," Butler told ABC's Good Morning America.  "The literature is clear.  This is a dangerous game for children to be playing."

The local news media soon got wind of Butler's idea, and coverage of his notion that the beloved Dover High School team -- The Green Wave -- has to go, quickly went national.

Big blows taken on the football field can be the equivalent of taking a sledge hammer to the head, according to ESPN.  And it's not just in pro football.  New studies show that minors who play high school football, even Pee Wee League football, are also exposing themselves to the dangers of head trauma.

"A game that uses the head as a battering ram is not a smart game to allow a youngster to play," Butler said.

Critics of his proposed ban include the school board chairman and the local newspaper.

Butler admits that he lacks the votes to ban football right now, but given the mounting evidence, he adds, his proposal is a first step toward the inevitable.

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Alleged Baltimore High School Shooter Charged as an Adult

Hemera/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- Baltimore County police have charged a 15-year-old student as an adult for the shooting at a high school on Monday that left a 17-year-old critically wounded.

Robert Wayne Gladden is being charged with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault for opening fire in Perry Hall High School's cafeteria on Monday, according to police.  Gladden is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson, Md.

Additional updates are scheduled to be released at a news conference later Tuesday.

Gladden allegedly brought a disassembled shotgun to school on the first day of class, put the weapon together on campus and entered the cafeteria where he's accused of shooting and wounding another student.

A teacher lunged at the student to stop the alleged shooting, but a second round was discharged before the teacher pinned the boy against a wall, police said on Monday.

The school was put on lockdown and then evacuated.

The victim, who has yet to be identified, was flown to Baltimore Regional Hospital Shock Trauma and is listed in critical condition.

Several other students suffered minor, non-shooting injuries during the incident.

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Student Rushed to Hospital After Shooting at Maryland High School

ABC News(BALTIMORE) -- A shooting at a Maryland high school Monday morning has left at least one student shot, according to the Baltimore County Police Department.

The shooting took place at Perry Hall High School as students were attending their first day of school. The wounded student, a 17-year-old male, is in Baltimore Shock Trauma in serious condition after being transported via medevac, according to Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson.

Johnson, at an impromptu news conference, also said police have arrested a 15-year-old male suspect. The suspect walked into the school cafeteria at 10:45 a.m. and fired one shot. Students described the weapon as a shotgun. Teachers wrestled the suspect to the ground and held the gun away from him. A school resource officer then helped the instructor subdue the shooter until police arrived.

Several other students suffered minor, non-shooting injuries during the incident.

Police believe the 15-year-old shooter acted alone and did not target the victim. The suspect is a student at Perry Hall High School.

The school is located in White Marsh, Md., northeast of Baltimore. Other students were evacuated to a nearby shopping center so they could be reunited with their parents.

No names have been officially released.

A motive for the shooting is not yet known.

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Oklahoma Valedictorian Denied Diploma After Using 'Hell' in Her Speech

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(PRAGUE, Okla.) -- The father of a recent high school graduate in Oklahoma who has been denied a diploma because she said "hell" in her valedictorian speech has accused her principal of bullying his daughter.

"She became a senior and he constantly picked on her," Kaitlin Nootbaar's father, David, said of Prague High School principal David Smith. "I thought bullying wasn't supposed to be allowed in school."

Neither Smith nor superintendent Rick Martin responded to messages asking them to comment.

In her speech, Kaitlin, 18, told her Prague, Okla., audience about how she has changed her mind numerous times about potential career choices, her father said.

He said Kaitlin spoke of how she once wanted to be a nurse when she was younger, but then wanted to become a vet. She summarized her dilemma, her father said, with, "How the hell do I know? I've changed my mind so many times."

The teen told her parents she drew inspiration for her speech from the movies Eclipse, which is the third installment of The Twilight Saga film series, and The Hunger Games.

Eclipse includes a graduation scene in which the speaker says, "Who the hell knows."

Kaitlin's speech was met with laughter and applause, her father said. The class valedictorian walked the stage and graduated along with the rest of her class.

Her transcripts were sent on to Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and life went on as usual until she and her father went to collect her diploma from the high school office last week.

"The principle shut the door on us," David Nootbaar said, "and told us she [Kaitlin] will type apology letters to him, the school board, the superintendent and all of the teachers," in order for her to obtain her diploma.

Kaitlin has told her parents she does not intend to write the apology letters but, her father said, still believes she is entitled to the diploma.

The straight-A student who has "never received a B in her life," her father said, is now enjoying her first days at college at Southwestern Oklahoma State.

She has decided to major in biology, her dad said, to become a marine biologist -- for now.

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Maryland Student Lands Perfect ACT Score

Handout/Sayyeed Mohammed(CLARKSVILLE, Md.) -- Maryland high school student Taariq Mohammed is perfect, at least according to the ACT test.

The 16-year-old student at River Hill High School in Clarksville, Md., scored a perfect 36 on the college entrance test, an achievement that only a fraction of one percent of students in the country can claim.

For this driven high school student, preparation for perfection started early.

“When I was going into my freshman year of high school I started studying for both the SAT and the ACT,” Mohammed said. The first time he took the test as a sophomore, Mohammed received a 34, a score most students would be satisfied with.

But close to perfect wasn’t good enough for Mohammed.

“I was happy with it, but I couldn’t help but be a little disappointed,” he said. “I knew I was close to being perfect and I was confident that I could get a perfect ACT score.”

He took it a second time in June, and got the score he was hoping for.

Mohammed, who is a straight-A student, a black belt in Karate, and a varsity wrestler, also came within just 50 points of a perfect score on the SAT as well.

Like his two brothers Saud and Isa, Mohammed hopes to attend Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., and eventually become a doctor.

His father Sayyeed Mohammed, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, is very much the proud parent, but wasn’t surprised by his son’s success.

“Tariq was always very ambitious,” he said. “Fortunately for him, he has two brothers who are really very close to him. He was very fortunate to know how to plan ahead carefully for what he needed to do and plan out his four year high school career.”

“And he executed it to perfection.”

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97-Year-Old High School Dropout Gets Diploma

In this screenshot provided by Fox8, Ann Colagiovanni, 97, receives an honorary diploma at Shaker Heights High School in Cleveland, Ohio.(SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio) -- A 97-year-old Ohio woman who dropped out of high school during the Depression to help support her family finally received her diploma this week at the same high school she once attended.

Ann Colagiovanni, who arrived in America with her parents on a boat from Sicily in the early 1900s, dropped out of high school in 1931 when her father asked her to help at the family’s butcher shop. She never returned to high school, according to Peggy Caldwell, director of communications for the Shaker Heights, Ohio, school district.

Years later, as her grandson Thomas prepared to graduate from Shaker Heights, Colagiovanni received a surprise: her old high school would present her with an honorary degree marked with the date 1934, the year she would have graduated had she not dropped out.

“It is very rare, and it’s honorary,” Caldwell said. “We can’t stand up there and say she got all the requirements, but you could tell it meant a lot to her. She kept looking at it pointing and saying ‘That’s my name on there! That’s my name!’”

Colagiovanni’s daughter, Emilia Colagiovanni Vinci, arranged for her mother to receive the diploma at the same graduation as Emilia’s son. The school held a private ceremony for the grandmother on Wednesday, with the superintendent dressed in full academic robe, and then Colagiovanni wore her graduation gown to her grandson’s larger ceremony on Thursday.

“She came to her grandson’s graduation in her wheelchair with her little cap and gown on,” Caldwell said. “She’s just adorable.”

At the small ceremony just for her, Colagiovanni talked about growing up during the Depression, wearing the same dress to school everyday because she could not afford another one, Caldwell said. She would wash the dress every night and iron it each morning, hoping it would wear out so she could buy a new one.

Emilia Colagiovanni brought her mother’s old yearbooks, showing the students the "brand new, state-of-the-art" high school that had been built for them in the 1930s. That building, which Shaker Heights students still use today, is now considered old and outdated, Caldwell said.

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Mother Charged After Cheering at Daughter's Graduation

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(FLORENCE, S.C.) -- Police arrested the mother of an 18-year-old student on Saturday during her daughter's graduation ceremony at South Florence High School.

Shannon Cooper told ABC news affiliate WDPE-TV she was escorted by police through the Florence Civic Center in full view of the crowd after cheering as her daughter walked across the stage to receive her diploma. Cooper is charged with disorderly conduct.

"Are ya'll serious? Are ya'll for real? I mean, that's what I'm thinking in my mind. I didn't say anything. I was just like OK, I can't fight the law. I can't argue with the police, but I'm like are you serious? I didn't do any more than the others did. Which I feel like no one should have went to jail," said Shannon Cooper.

Police declined comment on the arrest but said it was announced before the ceremony that anyone who screamed or cheered would be escorted out of the building.

Shannon Cooper says her daughter broke down crying after seeing her mother waiting in a police van outside the civic center.

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