Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

APS Chief Helps Student Get Diploma.(Final)

Byline: Andrea Schoellkopf Journal Staff Writer

* Mentor Gil Lovato, troubled teen found a match that's been good for both of them

Jose Herrera fought tears last year watching his friends graduate from Albuquerque High without him.

"I couldn't even stay there," recalled Herrera, now 18.

Tuesday, Herrera accepted his diploma one year later than planned. He credits with his success his family, his teachers and counselors, and Albuquerque Public Schools Police Chief Gil Lovato his mentor for the past three years.

Herrera had been expelled three months into his freshman year after taking a gun to school. He was caught before he planned to use it in his PE class against a rival gang member. …

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