ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque couple is making a plea to the Albuquerque Public Schools district: Please let their disabled son walk with his classmates at graduation, even if he's not getting a diploma.
They've launched an online petition and thousands of people from New Mexico and all over the country are signing it.
Volcano Vista student Mel Phipps-Alderete was on track to graduate with his classmates until complications from emergency brain surgery last year left him unable to talk or walk.
In between therapy and hospital stays, he continued to work on his classes from home. But he'll still be a few credits short of what's necessary to graduate.
"For him not being able to, is kind of devastating," said Volcano Vista junior Julius Cadena. "I think it would be a really great thing if he could walk."
The petition was posted Tuesday. By Wednesday night, they surpassed their original goal of 6,000 signatures.
APS told KRQE News 13 they haven't made a decision and that they're discussing options with the family.
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