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Footage Shows School Sports Coach Hugging And Consoling Student With Shotgun

Tom Wood

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Footage Shows School Sports Coach Hugging And Consoling Student With Shotgun

Amazing, but terrifying, footage has emerged that shows a high school American football coach stopping a potential school shooting by disarming the gunman by hugging and appearing to console him.


The incident, which took place on May 17 this year at Parkrose High School in Portland, Oregon, saw former college footballer turned coach Keanon Lowe spot a suspect wandering around the school with a shotgun.

Lowe found himself face to face with a student wandering around the school holding a firearm. Whilst many of us would obey our instincts and leg it, Lowe sprang into action.

At the time, it was reported that he tackled the would-be assailant, and that's sort of true, but what is more remarkable is that once he is disarmed, Lowe appears to hug the gunman as he walks him away from the scene.

When asked if he considered legging it, Lowe said: "Never."

He continued: "In a fraction of a second, I analysed everything really fast, saw the look in his face, looked at his eyes, looked at the gun, I realized it was a real gun and then my instincts just took over,

"I lunged for the gun, put two hands on the gun, and he had his two hands on the gun...I was just making sure the barrel of the gun isn't pointed towards them or towards me. I was able to wrestle it away."

Credit: Parkrose High School
Credit: Parkrose High School

In that difficult moment, it would be very easy to turn to anger once the threat was neutralised. That is what makes Lowe a different kind of person.

He added: "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."

In the aftermath of the events, 19-year-old Angel Granados-Diaz was arrested and charged with two counts of having a firearm in a public place.

Both his defence and the prosecution agreed that despite how it looked, Granados-Diaz was on a suicide mission, not a murderous rampage.

Angel Granados-Diaz. Credit: Portland Police Bureau
Angel Granados-Diaz. Credit: Portland Police Bureau

His attorney, Adam Thayne, said in court: "The evidence he was at Parkrose High School to commit suicide is overwhelming,

"It is also overwhelming that he was there to hurt himself and nobody else."

That makes Lowe's actions even more important.

He plead guilty to both charges and took a deal that saw him sentenced to 36 months' probation, as well 64 hours community service and mental health and substance misuse treatment.

Multnomah County Circuit Judge Kathleen Dailey said: "Because of what's going on in our state and nationally it only made sense that they interpreted the situation to be yet another horrendous, horrific event that was taking place before their very eyes,

"So my empathy goes out to those people as well.

"The situation shows you're in high need of support and intervention,"

Luckily, he got a small amount of that when it was most necessary.

Featured Image Credit: ABC News

Topics: SPORT, Interesting, US News, Weird

Tom Wood
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