A 13-year-old autistic student from Staten Island saved a fellow classmate from choking last week by applying the Heimlich maneuver... which he learned by watching an episode of SpongeBob Squarepants.
During the October 28th incident, I.S. 24 student Brandon Williams spotted 12-year-old classmate Jessica Pelligrini choking on an apple. He applied the Heimlich maneuver, and she spit it out. "I looked at him, I go, 'Where'd you learn to do that?' He said, 'I learned it on 'SpongeBob,'" Brian Griffin, an I.S. 24 Para-Professional, told ABC 7. You can watch Brandon discuss the incident below:
Indeed, on one episode of the Nickelodeon show, titular character SpongeBob applies the Heimlich to stop frenemy Squidward from choking to death on his clarinet. In 2010, one Long Beach middle schooler saved her friend from choking on a piece of gum using the maneuver, which she also learned from the show.
And it isn't just choking children who have benefitted from SpongeBob—the anthropomorphic sponge also helped an 8-year-old from New Jersey save his 5-year-old friend from drowning, also in 2010.