Flatman lifts pupils' spirits
Never take sweets from strangers - unless, of course, they are wearing a mask, tights and a cape, Seddon School children learned yesterday.
The quake-hit pupils were visited shortly after lunch by a mysterious caped crusader with a skateboard and a bucket-load of lollies.
He even had a packet of Toffee Pops for the teachers.
But the children had no need to fear, for the masked man was none other than New Zealand's only [non-All Black] superhero, Flatman.
Flatman shot to fame two years ago by leaving food packages outside student flats after the Christchurch earthquakes.
His identity remains a secret to this day, apart from a select group of close friends and family sworn to secrecy . . . because they recognised his voice.
The flamboyant Cantabrian, who pays for the presents himself, was making his first school visit outside Christchurch to help lift the spirits of Seddon children after Friday's 6.6 magnitude Grassmere earthquake.
In an exclusive interview with the Express, Flatman said the response of the children was awesome.
They really understood the connection between Seddon and Christchurch, he said.
But Flatman was most impressed to hear about some of the superhero qualities shown by the children after the quake.
"You don't need to be super strong or be able to fly," he told the pupils. "You can be a superhero by being kind and looking after each other."
One pupil gushed, "I love you."
Acting principal Nick Raynor said he was impressed that one boy described his parents as superheroes.
"The kids have been pretty relaxed all week but to have something fun like this will lift their spirits."
Flatman spent time with each classroom answering all sorts of questions.
He lives in the Flat Cave, skated all the way from Christchurch and once met Wonder Woman in the United States . . . in case you're interested.
- The Marlborough Express