Spiderman visits local school

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Nansemond Parkway Elementary School students began their Red Ribbon Week to “Say No to Drugs” with a special, not quite surprise, visitor.

The special guest this week was none other than the master web weaver and star of comic books and the silver screen, Spiderman.

Before the webbed wonder had entered the gym, fifth-grader Tiffany Whitsitt piped up, “My cousin’s going to be Spiderman for Halloween!”


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Spiderman hosted a pair of assemblies Monday morning in the Nansemond Parkway gym, speaking with the children about drugs and bullying.

After getting everyone’s rapt attention by storming into the room with silly string at the ready, and somehow (because afterall, he’s a superhero) learning every student’s name by having every third, fourth, and fifth grader yell out their name at the same time, Spiderman got down to business.

First, on the issue – bullying, Spiderman said, “You probably think telling an adult is tattle-tailing, but if someone is bullying you, is that really tattle-tailing.

“What if someone out on the playground was hurt and you went to tell an adult what happened and to get help?

Would that be tattle-tailing?”

Crowd participation came into play as the superhero asked the students why people decide to use drugs.

Fifth-grader Hasaan L. Newsome surmised, “because they want to be like other people, and not be themselves.”

Spiderman wanted everyone to know that some drugs are useful and helpful, but, “drugs are something you put into your body that changes your mind or your body.

So it’s very important you don’t take a drug you’re not supposed to.”

Then there was a test, actually the Marvel Superhero Challenge.

Somehow there were many more participants ready to do something named the “Marvel Superhero Challenge.”

Skye Bougouneau was asked how tough third grade is.

Spiderman, “Are you learning a bunch of geometry and trigonometry?”

Skye, “No.”

Spiderman, “What are you learning?”

Skye, “Rome.”

Spiderman, “Rome?

What are you learning about Rome?”

Skye, “They built lots of cool buildings and things.”

More on topic for the Superhero Challenge, Skye also knew Tylenol was an example of a drug that can be good.

Spiderman then gave all in attendance the Superhero’s Oath, a pledge card, and an autographed photo.

The assembly ended, but not without the vital knowledge that Spiderman would be spending the rest of the day visiting classrooms.

And not without Tiffany ushering important newspaper guy over to meet her cousin, fourth-grader Courtney Rickman who affirmed she was going to be Spiderman for Halloween.