In a powerful moment shot caught CCTV camera, a high school coach in Oregon, US, skillfully disarmed an student with a shot-gun and made sure no casualties occurred.
The incident occurred in May when a student, armed with a shotgun, entered a classroom in Parkrose High School in Portland. According to reports, the student's intention was to shoot himself. However, the quick and compassionate thinking of the school's football and track coach Keanon Lowe prevented a potential tragedy.
This is powerful. The moment a high school coach in Oregon disarmed a student with a shotgun & then embraced him. No one was harmed. We need compassion through action. pic.twitter.com/Ok3zoiXYTb— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) October 19, 2019
In the video, the student, identified as Angel Granados-Diaz, can be seen walking a hallway inside the school with the gun in his hand. He followed coach Lowe into a classroom and within an instant, students can be seen running out of the class.
Initial reports in May had said that the high-school coach had "tackled" the student to disarm him. However, recently released surveillance footage shows that the coach did not tackle the armed student but hugged him and reasoned with him to drop the weapon.
The video went viral on social media for all the right reasons. Many on Twitter observed that the way coach Lowe handled the tough situation should be lesson in deescalation for police officers and tactical response teams. The minute-long clip is a testament to the power of love and compassion.
Some also felt that the situation could have played out a lot more tragically had cops been the first ones to spot Granados-Diaz with a gun instead of the coach. Questions were also raised on US's controversial gun-ownership laws.
Can we take a moment to a applaud the coach, for the exemplary way he de-escalated a dangerous situation. Cops take strong note.— Amanda (@Briesias) October 19, 2019
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. This is POWERFUL.HE IS A HERO. His name is Keanon Lowe. KNOW HIS NAME! pic.twitter.com/7RtnFyDbSs— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) October 19, 2019
I’m glad the brother didn’t have the gun in his hands when the cops showed up. Otherwise this hero would be called a thug who resisted arrest— michael (@michronic420) October 19, 2019
This coach was born to be in that hallway at that moment.— Cynthia, Wirch (@Ab_Synthia2) October 19, 2019
No, no one “was born” to be put in this terrifying situation. Fate or God did not set this up, the NRA did.— Victoria Witching Hour Weinstein (@peacebang) October 19, 2019
Our teachers shouldn't have to do this. But God bless this person. This could have gone an entirely different direction.— I'm BOO!zi Poppins, y'all! (@SoozleMcDoozle) October 19, 2019
"In that time, I felt compassion for him," CNN had reported Lowe as saying, "A lot of times, especially when you're young, you don't realize what you're doing until it's over." As per the report, Granados-Diaz had spoken of suicide to other students before the incident.
Granadaoz-Diaz pleaded to being guilty for possessing an illegal firearm. He has been sentenced to three years of probation.