Footage Shows Oregon Coach Disarming Student with a Shotgun
Back in May, Keanon Lowe, a football and track and field coach at Parkrose High School was dubbed a hero after removing a gun from a student as it could have had a very bad outcome.
In the surveillance, Lowe is seen walking through the halls and going into a classroom. The next time you see him, he is holding a shotgun and backing away from student Angel Granados-Diaz before another teacher comes up and removes the weapon from the situation. Unexpectedly, Lowe embraces Granados-Diaz and the two hug for at least a minute.
Lowe, told “Good Morning America” that when the student entered the classroom with the weapon, he was close enough that he lunged for the gun and grabbed it with both hands.
The coach told “GMA” earlier this year, “I kind of assessed that situation and my instincts kicked in. I lunged for the gun and we both had the gun.” He added, “We had four hands on the gun and students are running out of the back of the classroom.”
What makes this story incredible is Lowe said he didn’t have time to think about his own safety and his main concern was to keep the students save.
“I feel like I was put in that room for a reason. You know, the shooter didn’t — he didn’t know that I was in that room when he opened the door and I think there are things in my life that have prepared me for that very moment,” Lowe said. “I thank God that no one got hurt and I thank God I was in that room.”
Granados-Diaz, who is now 19, was suffering from a mental health crisis at the time, according to ABC Portland affiliate KATU.
He pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in a public building and one count of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm in public and was sentenced to three years of probation, KATU reported.