No, not the NBC television series. Although whatever happened to that show? I swear they take the LONGEST break in between seasons. Once again I'm going to need a serious update before the next season starts to see where we last left off. So since it's not the show I'm referring to, maybe I should have clarified this better and said Modern Day Heroes. Meaning the average folks doing above-average things that clearly deserve recognition.
I have seen this story about 18-year-old Kaleb Eulls circulating for a minute this week. I got the gist of it but didn't really get into it until I saw the video. You can check that out here. For those of you who just do the quick fixes and don't have time to read the full story the Cliff's Notes version is Kaleb prevented a major tragedy from occurring. When a classmate took out a semi-automatic pistol and started waving it around on the bus, he tackled her and disarmed her.
Kaleb could have just sat idly by like the rest of his classmates were doing. However, judging from the grainy footage of the surveillance camera and the news reports, it appears he may have been one of the oldest students on the bus. Clearly, with him being a star defensive end on the football team, he was the largest. It's good to know that he had enough courage to do something before that crazy student started getting reckless.
What I really like about this story is the attitude of Kaleb. When you watch the video of them interviewing him, he seems VERY humble. He's intelligent enough to know that what he did was significantly important, but he doesn't want to make a big deal of it at all. He comes across as a very genuine, well-mannered and respectful young man. There's no conceit at all about the fact that he may have very well saved someone's life.
Even if this young man doesn't want to make a big deal out of what he did, somebody should. Getting all this internet recognition is a good start, but it's not good enough. Not for something as monumental as what he did. How about one of those ceremonial keys to the city? Or maybe he can get a sit-down with the President and get one of those Presidential awards they give four outstanding service. Something.
Stories like this one really warm my heart. Not just the average people doing extraordinary things, but the fact that it's a high school kid. The fact that it's a brotha. So you mean to tell me there are actually young Black males out there that are doing positive things in the community by protecting the community?? Huh...go figure.