"I saw the look on his face, look in his eyes, looked at the gun, realized it was a real gun, and then my instincts just took over," said Lowe.
Surveillance video that was released Friday from Parkrose High School in Oregon shows how a football coach disarmed a student carrying a loaded shotgun during an incident in May. The coach then hugged and held on to the 18-year-old. The video, released by the Multnomah County District Attorney's office and published by Portland's KOIN 6 News, shows coach Keanon Lowe walking and then he manages to grab the gun from student Angel Granados-Diaz, and he holds the gun out of his reach.
An Oregon high school football coach was able to disarm a student with a shotgun preventing a possible massacre by talking him down and hugging him.— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) October 19, 2019
This is POWERFUL.
HE IS A HERO.
His name is Keanon Lowe. KNOW HIS NAME! pic.twitter.com/7RtnFyDbSs
He then proceeds to talk to the boy and hug him. The coach just doesn't let go of him and by then someone else comes and takes the gun away from him. Granados-Diaz finally hugs the coach back and he moves away and slumps to the ground where he talks to the coach who sits with him. Lowe, who is also a security guard at the school, told reporters at a press conference at the time that he went to a classroom to get a student, then quickly realized an armed Granados-Diaz was just steps away from him.
When I signed up to be a Security Guard, Football and Track & Field Coach for Parkrose High School, I did so to guide and coach young people whose shoes I had once been in. I had no idea, that I would one day have to put my life on the line like I did yesterday for my students.— Keanon Lowe (@KeanonLowe) May 18, 2019
"I saw the look on his face, look in his eyes, looked at the gun, realized it was a real gun, and then my instincts just took over," said Lowe, "I lunged for the gun, put two hands on the gun." In the video, the kid begins to cry, probably after realizing what he was about to do, or he simply could have felt gratitude for being saved from committing a crime that would have cost him his life and his career.
When confronted with the test the universe presented me with, I didn't see any other choice but to act. Thank God, I passed. I've spent the last 24 hours being more appreciative of my family and realizing we have a serious problem.— Keanon Lowe (@KeanonLowe) May 18, 2019
"I felt compassion for the kid, to be honest," said Lowe, adding, "Obviously, he broke down and I just wanted to let him know that I was there for him. I told him I was there to save him. I was there for a reason and that this is a life worth living." Lowe, a former team captain and wide receiver for the University of Oregon, has been receiving praise for not just his heroic act that saved lives, but for the compassion he showed the student as well.
I'm blessed to be alive and extremely happy that the students are safe. I'm not sure what's next, I haven't had the time to really think about it. But I am sure I want to be a part of the solution to school gun violence. Thank you @PortlandPolice for your help #ParkroseHighSchool— Keanon Lowe (@KeanonLowe) May 18, 2019
Granados-Diaz was booked on charges of possession of a firearm in a public building, attempting to discharge a firearm at school, reckless endangerment and possession of a loaded firearm in a public place. Police reports state that the gun was loaded with one round. He pleaded guilty to gun charges on October 10 and was given a 36-month probation sentence. As part of the plea agreement with prosecutors, Granados-Diaz will receive mental health and substance abuse treatment. He will also not be allowed to enter the school grounds.
Unfortunate & Fortunate. Unfortunate that this is what our students face in our schools. Fortunate that you were there on this day and this moment.— Wiscy (@WiscyWear) May 19, 2019
@KeanonLowe The kids will look up to you now more than they did before - their parents should rain respect and gratitude on you every day - please go back and use the potential for positivity that is yours to use! Use it to change the kids - you will change the future! Thx!— Patricia (@PatzG4791) May 18, 2019
I'm so sorry you had to but I'm so thankful you did and everyone is safe. I appreciate you but I really want the need for people like you to go away. I want our kids safe.— Jennifer Miller (@PBAnJMiller) May 18, 2019
You are awesome, man. A true American hero! Thank you for stepping up in a way that only a few would have.— Philosotheist (@Philosotheist) May 19, 2019