BROOKLYN (PIX11) — Intermediate School 285’s class of 2014 broke out into wild applause at its graduation at Brooklyn College Wednesday afternoon when the name of a particular student was called.
The cheers were for 13-year-old Gama Droiville, who refused to let a stray bullet that took away his vision deprive him of a diploma, or the rest of his life.
“I’m very proud,” said Jimmy Marcel, the boy’s stepfather. “It’s a great victory for us.”
Droiville took to the head two bullets meant for someone else while waiting for a bus with his aunt on Flatbush Avenue in April. He was struck in his right eye and head, and still needs more surgery. Yet he never lashed out at the man charged with his shooting.
The young teen has been a model of grace after gunfire nearly killed him, inspiring New Yorkers everywhere he goes. He sang with his church choir at the last game of the subway series. He was honored at City Hall, and spoke out against gun violence at Kings County Hospital where he was treated.
“Gama came a long way from everything that happened. He’s humble, which is a great inspiration,” mentor J.B. Henry said.
The teen was presented with a civil service award in memory of Detective Dillon Stewart, who was gunned down in the line of duty in 2005 and attended Droiville’s school.
Droiville will be going to Nazareth High School in Brooklyn on a full four-year scholarship.
When asked if he’s looking forward to going to high school, he said, “Sometimes, but then I get kind of scared. It’s a new chapter.”