April 14th, 2008
07:13 PM ET

Defining a Hero

What's up y'all, I'm Tomeka Jones, the new Associate Producer for CNN Student News.

Let's talk about heroes!

The word hero can be defined in many different ways. My definition of a hero is someone putting their life on the line or going above and beyond the call of duty for someone else.  Just like the story in Tuesday's show about the 17-year-old in Oklahoma who saved his neighbor from a pit bull attack.  That was brave!  So what's your definition of a hero?  And do you know someone you feel is one?  If so, here's your chance to give them a shoutout.

Tomeka Jones, Associate Producer

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. jr

    A hero is like someone who saves someone in danger.And I don't know what other person that I think of a hero.Remember of that boy who saved a neighbor that had his arm caught in a machine,now he was a hero!

    April 14, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  2. Sara

    A hero is someone who lays down their own life for the life of a friend.
    John 15:13 NIV-Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.–Jesus Christ 🙂

    Loving others means we forget about what we want for ourselves, about our happiness, and care (really care) about other peoples well-being in phyiscal and emotional danger. To save your friend from wrong chocies that could ruin their life is the same as saving someones physical life. The only difference is one is in the news and one is not.

    April 16, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  3. Gnarlin

    A hero is someone that has their own super powers and can do cool tricks to try and save someone even though since they are a hero they can't die. In fact I do know someone that is a hero. I am given the shout out to Spiderman that roams around New York City usually at night to stop criminals from being criminals. I have seen him at least ten times now snooping in and out of different alleys. Pictures in the newspaper show the spider webs where he ties up the criminals so the police can take them in. Nobody knows where he lives though. But one day I hope I can be a hero like him saving all those innocent women and their purses.

    April 21, 2008 at 9:53 am |
  4. Lindsay

    In my opinion, a hero is someone who goes out of their way to make a positive difference in the life of another person. My parents are my heroes; they go out of their way daily for my sister and I, and I really appreciate them, even though I don't tell them enough. Even the little things they do for us, like helping us with our homework without complaining (even when they're wore out and tired from work) or coming to one of my soccer games to watch me play, show how much they care! Those are heroes!

    April 23, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  5. TMB

    Hero: Civil Rights and Human Rights offer many choices.

    April 30, 2008 at 5:16 am |
  6. brain

    well! My definition for hero is someone could help each other(examples)Lebron james could help his teamate win the finals and he is going to praise the lord and his teamates. he could save his team from losing and he is going to dunk over kobe bryant and that all i want to say King James #23.

    May 2, 2008 at 12:20 am |
  7. alex

    well! my definition for hero some who risk his life for other and they all save his friend when troble happen and that is what i call a hero. King james risk his life for his teamates to win he love his country and he is giving up all he got.He will save the life of his teammates or his friend and that is what hero do they love there country and they respect the people of the country.

    May 2, 2008 at 12:27 am |
  8. Nathan

    A hero is the man who comes home at the end of the day with no money from his dead end job and still manages to keep his family together. A hero is the bus boy buffing tables by himself so he can have the money to buy his own convieniences. A hero is the nurse stopping herself from crying in the next room after a patient passes. A hero is any human being who does what they can to keep themselves together and radiate that strength to those around them. It's that subtle shred of humanity that drives us through the day.

    May 2, 2008 at 11:48 am |
  9. Evelyn

    I think a hero is someone who saves you from danger,hydration, and can be your friend.

    May 3, 2008 at 9:16 am |
  10. Gr8ful 4 a Hero

    A hero is someone who puts others first, and is always caring! Heros are around us all the time; they do little things that go unnoticed, and big things that can save a life! I know a hero who always does the little things, but he also is a firefighter saving lives everyday! I want to say thanks to Jeffrey for being a truely amazing hero!

    May 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  11. devin

    superman is a hero

    May 5, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  12. Jessica

    A hero is someone who cares about someone, and who thinks not very highly of themselves but more about other people. Hero's follow the golden rule "treat others how you would like to be treated" and take pride in life to help others. That is the true definition of a hero.

    May 6, 2008 at 8:07 pm |
  13. Panda

    A hero is someone who bends over backwards to help you out.

    May 7, 2008 at 7:05 pm |
  14. Megan

    The person who taught me most was my dance teacher, Jackie Parish. She has delt with so many of lifes hurtels but, she just keeps going. She has three stage cancer and she is fighting it for a second time. She taught me to live life while you can and just be happy. She is the funnest person ever and my hero! She has changed all of the girls at the dance studio for the better and i thank her for that!

    May 8, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  15. Codie

    What the guy did for his neighbor was something that isn't common anymore, the willingness to protect the weak and defenseless. My definition of a hero would be someone who is willing to defend those that can't protect themselves. My hero would have to be my uncle, he is serving in the Navy, currently, and has spent time in Iraq. He didn't have to, but he felt obliged to serve his country for longer than his original term. And for that he is my hero and I'm happy to call him part of the family.

    May 22, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  16. Tikeena

    A hero always dont have to be someone who put their life on the line for yours. It could be someone who always manage to be there when u need them or even someone who shows you they really care and encourage you to be nothing but the best in this world! With that being said, my hero is my mentor Ms.Pamela (We call her Ms.Pam). She has a teen mentoring group called "I Dare To Care." She running the program by herself with no help, all the money come out of her own pockets. Its now 18 girls in the program. Every monday we have meetings at Ms.pam house from 6-8. We talk about everyday situations and how to overome it all. We talk about alot to each other, all the girls in the group can express their feelings with out being afraid of being judged. Us as a group, volunteered at the Ronald McDonald house downtown in Camden, New jersey. During the election we volunteered at the Democratic center in Cherry Hill New Jersey. In addition, we had a voters registration drive and registered 57 new voters! Thanks to Ms.pam this program help alot of teen girls to think outside the box, dream big, realize that the potential for success is limitless, become a mover and a shaker in their community, engage in positive self-talk and reflection, and recognize that failure is not a option. She says, "Failure is a stepping stone for the future success! We really appreciate Ms.Pam and all she has done for us! I can call Ms.Pam anytime of the day and talk to her about something thats on my mind and she is there to help me get thru it. When i feel like giving up she help me realize i cant be the best without overcoming a obstacle. I really believe she is changing relationships one at a time!
    I Love You Ms.Pam!

    April 26, 2009 at 1:11 pm |