Awesome Kids

Published on October 6th, 2014 | by Mike


Boy Hero Saves Teacher’s Life

Sometimes the things you learn can save someone’s life!

Teacher Sheri Lowe has an art class at Hyde Elementary School in Houston. One day she was alone in the classroom with cub scout Kyle Forbes.

She began choking on an apple she had been eating. Luckily for her, Kyle had just learned about the Heimlich maneuver in Cub Scouts. The Heimlich maneuver is a special way you squeeze someone if they are choking on food. It helps them to get the food out of their bodies so that they can stop choking. maxresdefault

He used what he had learned and squeezed her twice. She says the first time it didn’t work. Kyle then said, “I got it, Mrs. Lowe.”

Screen Shot 2014-07-19 at 8.48.28 AMThe second time he tried, it worked. She was able to breathe again, and credits Kyle as saving her life! He was honored by his school and his Scout pack for it with the National Heroism Award, and gladly accepts his new Hero status.

He has said that before saving his teacher’s life, he was always being bullied. Kyle has autism, and so some children feel they must pick on someone like him, who may not act the way kids expect a classmate to behave. But now, he says he feels like a superhero. People clapped for him, cheered for him when he got the award for his heroism.


Kyle’s story shows that we can all be heroes, even those we think are too different to make a difference. It also shows that we can benefit the world from the things we learn, whether it’s the Heimlich maneuver and saving someone’s life, or maybe learning science and improving health conditions around the world. We have a lot to learn from each other, and a lot to give back. Mrs. Lowe got her life back thanks to one brave, knowledgable kid! Have you done anything to help someone else? Share your stories below!


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About the Author

Mike travels to schools with his program, DON'T WAIT® to UnMake A Bully, and helps students write and produce their own anti-bullying or character education movies. He is a regular in NY, WA, CA and recently Melbourne Australia schools. Previously, he produced the youth Sci-Fi web series 'eScape' which is now on several web TV platforms, has done cinematic work on games like 'Guitar Hero', and produces television and theatrical works.

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