One Child’s ‘Spider-man’

Roberto Vivas, Staff Writer

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On May 27, 2018, a parent’s worst nightmare almost came true when a 4-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment complex in Paris, France. Florian, tenant of the fourth floor and one of his rescuers, said it was “by miracle” that he grabbed onto the fourth-floor balcony. The citizens of Paris only watched, fearing for the boy, as he hanged on for dear life. Only one man made the decision to save him, young Malian migrant, Mamoudou Gassama. In order to reach him as quickly as possible Gassama was able to get on top of a door to reach the first balcony and proceeded to scale the building to him. During the climb, Florian went out onto his balcony and reached over to hold on to him. Later, he would accused of not doing enough in the situation, but responded that he wished to proceed carefully because he was impeded by a wall that separated him from getting closer to the child.

After the four story climb, Gassama was able to pull the child to safety. Once the incident was resolved, an investigation was conducted and found that the boy was left home alone by his father, who went out to do some shopping but delayed his return by playing the game Pokemon Go. The father is facing up to 2 years in prison for abandoning his son. In recognition of his bravery, French President Emmanuel Macron gave Gassama French citizenship, a certificate and gold medal for courage, and the nickname “Spider-man of the 18th,” which is the residence district where the incident unfolded.


Reporter, Staff. “’Spiderman’ Who Saved Child by Climbing up Outside of Paris Building Is Invited to Meet President Macron.” The Independent, Independent Digital News and Media, 28 May 2018,

Westcott, Ben. “Father of Child in ‘Spiderman’ Rescue Was Playing Pokemon Go.”CNN, Cable News Network, 29 May 2018,

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Roberto Vivas, Writer

Roberto Vivas is a junior at Milford Mill Academy in Baltimore, Maryland. He was born in Spain and his parents moved to the U.S due to his father being...

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One Child’s ‘Spider-man’