Teen speaks at graduation 2 months after being shot in the head - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Teen speaks at graduation 2 months after being shot in the head

Posted: Updated:
Northwestern High School senior Balaal Hollings gives a speech during his graduation ceremony. Northwestern High School senior Balaal Hollings gives a speech during his graduation ceremony.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

A high school graduation is a milestone for most kids, but for one student it's a milestone of a different kind. It's a celebration of a new chapter and proof that miracles do happen.

Two months ago, Balaal Hollings almost died. He was shot in the head while trying to break up a fight at a house party. If he lived, he wasn't supposed to walk or talk again. That was why his walk across the stage and speech at graduation were so special.

Hollings was the senior class president, student government president, homecoming king and a football star. After the shooting, he lost a football scholarship to a school in Wisconsin, but he never lost his spiritually or his sense of humor.

"Only two months and I'm walking and talking and fully rehabilitated, so it got to be God," he said.

"He made me cry today," said one classmate.

"Overwhelming. I was very happy to see him come out there," another said.

The class of 2013 is the 128th and last graduating class of Northwestern High School. The school is closing its door at the end of the year.

Hollings was presented with a $50,000 scholarship. He once wanted to be a professional football player, but said God had other plans.

"I'm going to take pre-law or criminal justice," he said.

Speaking of justice, Hollings is not waiting to move on with his life.

"People always ask me what would you say if you met the person face-to-face who shot you? And I would tell them, 'I love you, and I forgive you,'" he said.

  • Maurielle LueMaurielle LueMore>>

  • Detroit residents say new LED street lights not bright enough

    Detroit residents say new LED street lights not bright enough

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:04 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:04:50 GMT
    Although Detroit residents are grateful for new street lights, they are concerned with the lack of coverage the new bulbs provide.
    Although Detroit residents are grateful for new street lights, they are concerned with the lack of coverage the new bulbs provide.
  • I-94 at Warren reopens after buckling pavement

    I-94 at Warren reopens after buckling pavement

    Friday, August 15 2014 7:21 AM EDT2014-08-15 11:21:58 GMT
    Big backups greeted commuters on I-94 Thursday when MDOT shut down the highway to work on a section of the road that buckled. As of Friday morning, though, that stretch of road has been reopened.
    Big backups greeted commuters on I-94 Thursday when MDOT shut down the highway to work on a section of the road that buckled. As of Friday morning, though, that stretch of road has been reopened.
  • Flood victims say scavengers add insult to injury

    Flood victims say scavengers add insult to injury

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 9:54 PM EDT2014-08-14 01:54:37 GMT
    As the cleanup continues, lots of furniture, clothes, toys and more are piling up along curbs all over metro Detroit.Some people are viewing that trash as treasure and leaving others are worried of where the contaminated items might end up..
    As the cleanup continues, lots of furniture, clothes, toys and more are piling up along curbs all over metro Detroit.Some people are viewing that trash as treasure and leaving others are worried of where the contaminated items might end up..
Powered by WorldNow
Untitled

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices