A high school football coach in Portland, Oregon, amazed supporters after video showing him disarming and then hugging a student went viral.
School hallway surveillance video reveals the touching encounter between Parkrose High School football coach Keanon Lowe and an 18-year-old student, Angel Granados-Diaz. It was a meeting that could have resulted in tragedy, but, instead, warmed hearts.
According to school officials, the student brought a loaded gun to school on May 17.
Lowe, who also works as a security guard for the school, was called to a classroom by a teacher alarmed that Granados-Diaz was hiding a shotgun under his coat.
“I walk in there, I get to the classroom, I’m in the classroom for 15, 20 seconds — you know, I ask the teacher, ‘Is the student here?'” Lowe told KOIN Channel 6 News as he recounted the event.
Sure enough, the teenager was there with his shotgun.
“The door opens — I’m within arm’s length of the door, about 3 feet away from the door, and there’s a kid with a gun, a shotgun,” Lowe continued. “In a fraction of a second, I analyzed everything really fast. I saw the look in his face, look in his eyes, looked at the gun, realized it was a real gun and then my instincts just took over.”
The coach said that running away from the potential danger did not even cross his mind.
“I lunged for the gun, put two hands on the gun,” the coach said of the dramatic scene. “He had his two hands on the gun and obviously the kids are running out of the classroom and screaming.”
Lowe pulled the gun away from the student and handed it to another teacher who came to assist. Then Lowe did an incredible thing.
He hugged the disturbed student who only seconds before could have unleashed death on those around him.
“I felt compassion for him; a lot of times, especially when you’re young, you don’t realize what you’re doing until it’s over,” Lowe insisted.
In the video you can see the teen visibly upset and sobbing as the coach comforts him after the gun is removed.
Breaking News: video of Coach Keanon Lowe disarming Parkrose High School gunman Angel Granados-Diaz. More to come. pic.twitter.com/d7wK9ES6zi
— Dan Tilkin (@DanTilkinKOIN6) October 19, 2019
Granados-Diaz’s lawyer said the teen was drunk and impaired the day he took the gun to school. Ultimately, a Multnomah County court handed down a 36-month probation sentence to the teen.
Coach Lowe did an amazing job of disarming and defusing a dangerous incident.
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