“Closure for our family. It represents all the work our son has done throughout the year,” Ed Conklin said.
The school board decided not to allow the Conklin’s to pick up Eddy’s diploma at graduation, or even for his name to be called during the ceremony.
School board Chair Mark Holden said giving Eddy’s family a diploma at the graduation would set a bad precedent.
Despite dozens of passionate pleas at a meeting on Wednesday, the school board stood firm.
Even after public comment, Holden called the meeting “fun-filled.”
The board members did not indicate that they will change their mind on the issue, but despite the cold realities they are dealing with, Eddy’s parents vow to keep fighting. They just hope their son would be proud.
“He told me he would take care of me no matter what and I believe from all the signs that I have gotten that he is standing behind me,” Barbara Conklin said.
On June 10, Eddy’s former classmates will graduate.
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