Stan Lee sends recovery message to shooting victim Bowe Cleveland

Nadine Kalinauskas
Good News

Bowe Cleveland, 16, was shot in the chest and abdomen when an alleged shooter opened fire in a science classroom at Taft Union High School in Taft, California, last week.

Cleveland was listed in critical condition. Doctors put him an a medically induced coma.

To encourage the injured teen, Cleveland's friends launched a social media campaign aimed at getting Cleveland's personal hero, Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, to send him a recovery message.

They succeeded.

Lee, the man behind Spiderman, X-Men and The Hulk, responded to the barrage of tweets — many of them accompanied with the hashtag #StanLeeMeetBowe — on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, he posted a video title "Special Message for Bowe Cleveland."

"Never forget: You've got a whole superhero cheering section rooting for you," Lee tells Cleveland, adding that he'll be sending the teen some signed posted and comic books "so you can enjoy them while you're on the mend."

Doctors are optimistic about Cleveland's recovery.

"At last word, Bowe Cleveland was hospitalized in what doctors call improved condition. A surgeon at Kern Medical Center told Eyewitness news on Monday that Cleveland was being taken out of an induced coma, and his condition is no longer considered life-threatening," reports KBFX Eyewitness News.