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Milford students petition graduation date after classmate's death

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Milford students are petitioning the school's graduation date after their classmate's death last year (submitted photo) Milford students are petitioning the school's graduation date after their classmate's death last year (submitted photo)
MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

High school graduation is supposed to be one of the happiest days of any teen life, but some Milford students are petitioning the district to change their scheduled commencement date this year.

Right now, Law High School seniors are scheduled to graduate on June 10, but many students don’t want to walk on that date because they believe that date should belong to Laura Gonzalez, a Law student who committed suicide on June 10, one year ago.

“Laura was amazing she was intelligent she was and beautiful...she loved to write, she loved fashion,” said Katie Sabo, who was friends with Gonzalez.

Sabo and many of her friends have been dreading that painful anniversary the entire school year, but last week they learned that June 10 would be graduation day.

“Laura should have been graduating with us, she should have been walking with us that day,” Sabo said.

She and her friends are adamant that Laura’s classmates should not graduate one year to the day after her death, so they sprung into action.

Sabo wrote to all 10 Board of Education members about the issue and started an online petition to change the date. So far, more than 800 people have signed.

“It's a very sensitive issue and all of these people came together and they said you know what this girl is doing something good and we're going to stand with her,” Sabo said.

She added that the district superintendent told her the date will not be changed, so she is continuing to make her case to the board. She said she’s doing it for Laura, and every Law student.

“If the Board of Education thinks that the students of Jonathan Law are the most important people, they would think of us,” Sabo said.

Eyewitness News reached out to the superintendent of schools as well as the board members, but has not yet received a response.

To read the petition, click here.

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