It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… the chief of police?
Children at Baileyville Elementary School in Baileyville, Maine got quite a surprise Thursday morning when they came into class.
There, asleep on the floor, was Superman.
But in this case, the Man of Steel’s secret identity wasn’t Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent, but local Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons.
“I came into the classroom and one of the little boys was nervous about the bad guys coming into the school at night,” Fitzsimmons told WABI News in Bangor, Maine.
“I said I will do whatever it takes to make sure you are safe right here at school. So the next morning, they came in and found me asleep over here on the mat.”
Teachers say the kids were quite amazed to find the Last Son of Krypton peacefully sleeping on the classroom floor in his classic red and blue tights, red cape, and yellow “S” shield.
“We just let them come in. We kept the lights off. We told them they needed to be quiet because somebody was sleeping in school,” teacher Bonnie Troiani said. “So they were quite amazed to see him in his jammies and with his teddy bear.”
That’s right, the Man of Tomorrow had a sidekick: Corporal Pooh, a stuffed teddy dressed in a police uniform who frequently accompanies Fitzsimmons on visits to the school.
So while he may not be faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, we think the real Kal-el would approve of Fitzsimmons borrowing his likeness for a cause like this.
“Whatever I can do to make them feel good and feel safe so they don’t have to worry about the things they might see at home or on the television. I don’t want that to be their world,” said Fitzsimmons.