Student carrying loaded shotgun stopped and disarmed by football coach with a hug
CCTV footage released on Friday by Parkrose High School in Oregon shows how a football coach disarmed a distressed student who was carrying a loaded shotgun during an incident in May.
Keon Lowe can be seen hugging and holding on to the 18-year-old after taking his weapon.
Lowe told the media at a press conference at the time that he was on his way to a classroom to get a student when he quickly realized an armed Granados-Diaz was just a couple of steps away from him. He said:
“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. I lunged for the gun, put two hands on the gun.
I felt compassion for the kid, to be honest. 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 is a former team captain and wide receiver for the University of Oregon and has been thanked not just for his courage to prevent a school shooting, but also for his act of heartwarming compassion towards the student.
Granados-Diaz pleaded guilty to two charges related to carrying a loaded gun in a public area on October 10. According to KATU 2, the prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed on the evidence suggesting he was at the school not to hurt others but to commit suicide. The shotgun was loaded with one round only.
You can see the stunning footage in the link below.
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