Stephen Nessen, Reporter, WNYC News
Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition.
Brooklyn eighth grader, Hakeem Bennett, and his special education teacher, Matthew Brown, are featured in a new Superman comic book titled, 'The Kid Who Saved Superman.' In the comic, students are trapped in a mountain after an earthquake. Superman comes to the rescue but needs help after being weakened by kryptonite.
Bennett landed his star role after winning a national essay contest, in which he wrote about a real-life hero, his teacher. Bennett's teacher is blind in one eye, has tunnel vision in the other, and relies on a seeing eye-dog named Stanley.
Lori Heffez is the principal of P.S. 36 and says Bennett's award-winning essay on his real-life hero stemmed from a popular exercise in Brown's class.
Bennett is an avid Superman fan and says he can't wait to show the comic to his cousin.