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After immense public pressure, and incredible support for Meredith Erck, Rapid City school officials today agreed to let the teen with brain cancer walk with her peers at graduation on Sunday.

Erck, a Rapid City Central High student, fell behind in school while battling her illness and is six credits short of the requirement to officially graduate. But she had requested to walk across the graduation stage along with her twin brother, who faced his own brush with cancer.

Schools Superintendent Lori Simon and Central Principal Mike Talley had rejected the request by Meredith and her mother, setting off a stinging critical reaction by the entire community. The story was picked up by The Associated Press and was printed in newspapers across the country, including the New York Times.

At a press conference this afternoon, officials said Meredith will be allowed to walk the stage with her brother. They also said they will begin work on a new policy on who is allowed to walk the stage in future graduations.

Look for more on this story in tomorrow's Rapid City Journal, and at rapidcityjournal.com.

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