Shot Senior’s Graduation Speech Suprises Many at Detroit High School

June 5, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

A senior at a high school in Detroit who was shot in the head earlier this year came back to give his graduation speech, it was reported.

Balaal Hollings, who goes to Northwestern High School, was shot in early April.

“First of all I want to thank God; it is so good to be alive,” he said in his speech, reported “I got shot in the head and I am fully rehabilitated.”

Hollings, who has to wear a helmet, added that “I forgot a lot of things. I forgot how to walk. I forgot how to talk. I didn’t forgot how to eat,” reported ABC7.

Hollings can no longer go to college on a football scholarship but instead chose to study criminal justice.

The IndyChannel reported that Hollings was shot while he attended a party on April 6. When a fight broke out, he tried to break it up and gunfire ensued.

“They don’t know I’m coming,” he said before going to the graduation. “They think I’m dilapidated.”