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Shelton parents want honorary diploma for son killed in crash

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Edmund Conklin. (Shelton schools photo) Edmund Conklin. (Shelton schools photo)

Just four months shy of his high school graduation, a Shelton senior died in a tragic car crash.

Now, his parents said school officials are denying giving them an honorary diploma.

Barbara and Ed Conklin are still grieving the loss of their son Eddy, who was killed in a car crash in February.

He was a senior at Shelton High School, set to graduate in June. His parents have been trying to work on getting him an honorary diploma and having his name called out during the graduation ceremony.

“Like all the other towns have done for their students at graduation where the mother can go up and accept the diploma for their child," Ed Conklin said.

Eddy’s parents say the school isn’t working with them to allow this to happen.

Eyewitness News ran into Shelton’s superintendent outside the high school on Wednesday. He would only say that he didn’t have a comment and that he was working with the family.

This effort is something that has caught the attention of fellow students, who took to social media with the hashtag #JusticeForEd, and #PeaceForConklins.

For the family, they just want their son honored, for something he worked so hard for.

“It gives closure to everyone. Everyone is asking why? And as a mother, you're going to fight tooth and nail to make sure your child gets what they deserve,” Barbara said.

The family said the school told them Eddy was a half year shy of getting a real diploma.

The graduation is set for June 10.

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