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Stan Lee has created a video message for a Taft, California, teenager who was given the nickname “Bulletproof Spider-Man” after being shot a week ago at school.
Sixteen-year-old Spider-Man fan Bowe Cleveland suffered injuries to his chest and abdomen Jan. 10 after police say he was shot by classmate Bryan Oliver in an incident at Taft High School. According to The Bakersfield Californian, Oliver admitted to targeting Cleveland and another student because, he said, they had bullied him. Cleveland was slowly being awakened from a medically induced coma early this week, even as students returned to Taft High School, some wearing Spider-Man T-shirts or red and blue to show their support for the teen.
In a video titled “Special Message to Bowe Cleveland” (below), the 90-year-old Lee said, “You know, I’ve been told that you’re a big fan of mine and I want you to know that means a lot to me. So I’m sending you this message to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you, as are the thoughts and prayers of all of Marveldom assembled, as well as the brave Brigadiers of POW! So never forget, you’ve got a whole superhero section rooting for you.” Lee said he would also said Cleveland autographed posters and comics “so you can enjoy them when you’re on the mend.”
“Now you be sure to keep your spirits up, and remember, if there’s anything you need, just yell ‘Avengers Assemble!'” he concluded. “Excelsior! Your fan, Stan!”