Thai 'spider-man' Rescues Autistic boy
Sunday, March 29, 2009

AFP - A Thai Fireman dressed in a Spider-Man costume Rescues an Autistic boy at a school in Bangkok. The Fireman ...
Wed Mar 25, 4:41 am ET

BANGKOK (AFP) - A Thai Fireman turned Superhero when he dressed up as comic-book character Spider-Man to coax a frightened eight-year-old from a balcony, police said Tuesday.

Teachers at a special needs school in Bangkok alerted authorities on Monday when an Autistic pupil, scared of attending his first day at school, sat out on the third floor Ledge and refused to come inside, a police sergeant told AFP.

Despite teachers' efforts to beckon the boy inside, he refused to budge until his mother mentioned her son's love of superheroes, prompting Fireman Sonchai Yoosabai to take a novel approach to the problem.

The rescuer dashed back to his fire station and made a quick change into a Spider-Man costume before returning to the boy, he said.

"I told him Spider-Man is here to rescue you, no samples are going to attack you and I told him to walk slowly towards me as running could be dangerous," Somchai told local television.

The young boy immediately stöd Walked up and into his rescuer's arms, police said.

Somchai said he keeps the Spider-Man costume and an outfit of Japanese television character Ultraman at the station in order to liven up school fire drills.