By Riley Manning
TUPELO – The meddling Joker would have turned Tupelo Christian Preparatory School upside down Thursday if not for the heroic actions of 6-year-old Bo Carter.
Thanks to the school’s partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Bo was Batman for the day.
Three years ago, Bo began the fight against acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a much more formidable adversary. After two years of weekly visits to St. Jude in Memphis, enduring the ravaging effects of chemotherapy and steroid treatments, Bo and his family received the news last Friday that he is now cancer-free.
TCPS’ Make-A-Wish committee, comprised of representatives from each grade, thought Bo’s journey was so amazing, they granted his wish of being a superhero. The committee grants one regional child’s wish per year.
Bo’s day began with a surprise visitor Thursday morning: his sidekick Robin – played by TCPS baseball coach Will Lowrey – in a black Dodge Challenger Batmobile.
“When I pulled up this morning and he saw me in the costume, he couldn’t stop laughing,” Lowrey said. “We cruised through the neighborhood to make sure the Joker wasn’t lurking in any houses, then we stopped at the elementary school and checked every classroom.”
The pair was soon joined by a host of superhero friends and cousins as Wolverine, Thor, Spider–Man, Captain America and even Buzz Lightyear.
Holy smokes, Batman!
It was at the high school where Batman’s nemesis struck, and stole a priceless item from Headmaster Brian Benscoter’s office. When the Joker appeared during a school assembly honoring Bo, the hero chased him through the crowd, finally felling his foe and reclaiming the headmaster’s lunchbox.
Thwack! Zonk! Schwang!
Bo was awarded a certificate of appreciation by Mayor Jason Shelton and Police Chief Sgt. Michael Russell, along with a trip to Disney World at the end of the month.
TCPS has long been a part of the Carter family. At the time of Bo’s diagnosis, his father Scott was coaching the school’s girls basketball team and working as a guidance counselor. In granting his son’s wish, the student body and faculty had no reservations about going above and beyond.
“The TCPS family has really blessed us,” he told the school. “It’s hard to believe it’s over because we’ve been living like this for so long. We’re so excited and joyful, but our biggest emotion is gratitude.”