ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque couple' plea to APS to let their disabled son walk with his classmates at graduation has been heard.
They launched an online petition that gathered more than 6,000 signatures in one day.
Volcano Vista student Mel Phipps-Aldrete was on track to graduate with his classmates until complications from a brain surgery last year left him unable to talk or walk.
In between therapy, he continued to work on his classes from home. But he will still be a few credits short of what's necessary to graduate.
The family wants Alderete to walk even if he doesn't get a diploma.
APS told KRQE News 13 Wednesday that it is against the rules. However, APS Superintendent Winston Brooks has instructed them to make an exception.
One fellow student believes is only fair.
“For him not being able to, is kind of devastating so I mean, I think it would be a really great thing if he could walk,” Julius Cadena said.
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