Stan Lee sends wounded Taft student special message

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Bowe Cleveland, who was shot last week inside a classroom at Taft Union High School, has received a special message from comic book legend Stan Lee.

"Hey, hi, Bowe," Lee says to start the YouTube video, posted Wednesday. "You know, I've been told that you're a big fan of mine, and I want you to know, that means a lot to me."

Lee – who co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Hulk, Iron Man and others – went on to tell Cleveland, "My thoughts and prayers are with you."

The longtime Marvel Comics scribe tells Cleveland in the video that he's sending signed posters and comics.

"You've got a whole superhero cheering section, rooting for you," Lee says.

Cleveland, 16, was shot Jan. 10 when 16-year-old classmate Bryan Oliver allegedly barged into a classroom with a shotgun and pockets full of 12-gauge shells. Oliver, who was arraigned in court this week as an adult, allegedly fired several rounds inside the classroom, but only Cleveland was seriously injured.

Oliver told authorities that he was pushed to violence because Cleveland and other students bullied him, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said. It's unclear if authorities have substantiated that claim.

Cleveland remains hospitalized in what doctors call improved condition. A surgeon at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield told Eyewitness News on Monday that Cleveland was being taken out of an induced coma, and his condition is no longer considered life-threatening.

Taft students took to social media to contact Lee on behalf of Cleveland, because, they said, their wounded classmate was a big fan of comic books and Lee's work.