2014-06-19 / Other News

Shot Teenager Graduates In Another Step Towards Recovery

Photos and text by Sam Akhtar

A teenage boy who was shot in the eye two months ago made another step in his remarkable recovery.

Gama Droiville, 13, graduated from M.S. Meyer Levin 285 on Wednesday along with his classmates at Brooklyn College, located at 2900 Campus Road. Besides receiving his diploma, Droiville was honored with the Detective Dillon Stewart Civil Service Memorial Award.

The award is named after Stewart, a former student at M.S 285 and an NYPD detective. Stewart’s mother, Ms. Fleming, said her son served with dignity, courage, respect, strength, perseverance, determination and love before he was killed by a “coward of violence” in 2005. Gama received a standing ovation from his classmates as he walked the stage to receive his prestigious award.

Droiville was shot in the eye as he was walking on Flatbush Avenue and Beverly Road with his aunt on Monday, April 14th. The young man was an innocent bystander when 21-year-old Kareem Potomont was allegedly targeting another 24-yearold man.

Droiville spent eight days at Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) where his poise and gentle way inspired those who were treating him, such as Dr. Douglas Lazzaro. When the teen was discharged from KCHC, Dr. Lazzaro called his patient an “inspiration.”

When asked what he would like to be when he grows up, the soft-spoken teenager said he is thinking about being an attorney.

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