Waffle House hero surprises young boy who dressed as him for Superhero Day

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A young boy in Tennessee was surprised with a visit from a real-life hero recently at school.

When Superhero Day at school rolled around this year, Tayir Thomas decided he wanted to dress up as James Shaw Jr.

Shaw is the Waffle House hero who tackled and disarmed a shooter who killed four people in a restaurant back in April.

“I didn’t want to be a fictional hero. I didn’t want to be a cartoon hero. I wanted to be somebody real that actually did something,” Thomas said. “He really didn’t have to put his life in danger to save those people but he did anyway.”

Shortly after the touching tribute, Thomas’ school and family started working with Shaw to surprise the boy. The real-life superhero showed up at Thomas’ school on Halloween to meet him during class.

“I thought I was dreaming but it wasn’t a dream,” Thomas said.

Shaw even gifted Thomas with a shirt matching his own.

“I’m going to give you this,” Shaw said. “It was specially made for you, Tayir.”

As excited as young Thomas was to meet his hero, Shaw says he also felt honored by the meeting.

“It blows my mind for sure. It makes me feel like what I did was right,” he said. “I hope that I can keep inspiring people because he inspires me to inspire more people. So, much love to the young king.”

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