VIDEO: High School Coach Embraces Student After Taking Away His Shotgun

Parkrose High School coach and security guard Keanon Lowe jumped into action when a student showed up with a loaded gun.

Portland, OR – School security footage captured the moment that a high school football coach disarmed a student who was carrying a loaded shotgun, then wrapped the teen in a bear-hug in the minutes that followed (video below).

The incident occurred at Parkrose High School on May 17, USA Today reported.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office released the footage on Friday after the criminal case against the teen was adjudicated.

Keanon Lowe, who works as a football and track coach as well as a school security guard, said he was inside one of the Parkrose classrooms when student Angel Granados-Diaz walked in with the loaded shotgun, ABC News reported.

“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,” Lowe later told USA Today.

“I lunged for the gun and we both had the gun,” he explained to ABC News. “Students are running out of the back of the classroom."

Lowe, a former Oregon Ducks football player, said that his main concern throughout the encounter was keeping the students safe.

"I'm just trying to make sure that the end of the gun isn't pointing towards where the students are running and also not pointed at myself," he said. "I ended up getting the gun from him, with my right hand, and holding him off with my left hand and calling for a teacher to grab the gun from me."

Security footage showed the coach as he emerged from a classroom with the gun in one hand and Granados-Diaz in the other.

Lowe handed the weapon off to another school employee, then quickly embraced the teen several times in the minutes that followed.

“It was just me and that student,” Lowe later told USA Today. “It was a real emotional time. 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."

According to prosecutors, Granados-Diaz was in the midst of a mental health crisis, and brought the loaded weapon to school with the intent of killing himself.

The high school senior’s attorney said that he had broken up with his girlfriend, and that he wanted to commit suicide at school to spare his mother from being the one to discover his body, according to The Washington Post.

“Fate had something else in store for him,” the attorney told the court.

On Oct. 10, the 19-year-old pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a loaded firearm in public and unlawful possession of a firearm in a public building, USA Today reported.

He was sentenced to three years of probation, and was ordered to participate in abuse and mental health treatment.

“He is deeply remorseful for the pain that he has caused his family, his friends and the community,” Granados-Diaz’s attorney told the court, according to The Washington Post. “[He] has a lot of people who care about him, despite what he thought back in May."

Lowe said he believes he was “put in that room for a reason,” ABC News reported.

“I think there are things in my life that have prepared me for that very moment,” he continued. “I thank God that no one got hurt and I thank God I was in that room.”

"This is a story that usually ends in tragedy," Lowe told USA Today. "From God's will, this ended up well. We were in the headlines, but it wasn't a tragedy. I am thankful for that."

You can watch security footage of Lowe’s encounter with Granados-Diaz in the video below:

Comments (43)
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Aramovich
Aramovich

Amen.

mindy1000
mindy1000

Wow.

flybynight
flybynight

I think it was staged.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

More guts than just about any story I've seen on here. Good thing he wasn't the average cop! This kid might actually be alright in the end.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Great job by the coach/security guard. I read elsewhere that he intentionally used the bear hug to restrain the perp until the police arrived.

A little more video here, showing the kid and the coach enter the building, kids fleeing, police arriving, more details about the case (the kid got no jail time) and such...

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

That is some exceptional human behaviour by the coach. A thousand game plans culminated into one decisive critical moment. Lives were saved and the young man is potentially the recipient of an invaluable education about a life of investment, rather than than being the occupant of a body bag.

DeplorableDave
DeplorableDave

Coach is a hero! Incredible compassion and empathy for the young man whom it seems truly didn't want to hurt anyone else. And of course, per his normal behavior, Lo-est-uncommon-denom couldn't resist chiming in with his usual negative liberal douchebag response. Can't just say something nice about a wonderful thing and leave it at that. Only a matter of time before boogernoseallday shows his ass in the same manner.

tfort
tfort

Police, please note this coaches procedures.

Don’t stand outside while children are being slaughtered in their classrooms or stay in the hotel hallway while good people are being slaughtered watching a country concert.

Good job coach.

Colombiano
Colombiano

That's what these kids need, "LOVE". Parents really have to do a better job at spending time with their kids

Gramercy
Gramercy

Coach...KUDOS! Thank you for spreading love to this young man who it appears may never have had it in his life! And thank you for sparing your life and those of other students. We ALL have to do our part...police cannot be everywhere all the time!

Nibiruuu
Nibiruuu

Really dumb.

fakenews777
fakenews777

ok great, now put the idiot perp in a cage for life where it belongs.