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BBC: “Thai ‘Spider-Man’ to the rescue” March 24, 2009

Posted by William Spear in >> News.
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Lest anyone doubts whether stories or characters can transcend the line from fiction to reality, consider the following.

The BBC reports that a fireman in Bangkok dressed up as Spider-Man to coax an eight-year-old boy off a third story window ledge. The child, who has autism and was attending the first day of special needs school, had climbed out onto the ledge, began crying, and refused to come back into the school.

Enter a real superhero, Bangkok fireman Somchai Yoosabai. When the boy’s mother told authorities of her son’s passion for comicbook superheroes, Mr. Yoosabai sprang into action.

He retrieved the Spider-Man costume he kept in his locker to liven up school fire drills, put it on and approached the boy on the ledge. According to the BBC,

The sight of Mr. Yoosabai dressed as Spider-Man and holding a glass of juice for him, brought a big smile to the boy’s face, and he promptly threw himself into the arms of his “superhero”, police said.”

Lit Between the Ears offers unalloyed praise for Somchai Yoosabai’s heroic actions. We offer a toast of well-wishes and success.

We also hope our writing can some day generate the same level of passion experienced by the young boy in Bangkok.

Radio has super powers.

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