WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A student, who aimed to end his life, walked into a Parkrose High School classroom in May carrying a shotgun.
- Footage from the district attorney’s office shows the high school football coach taking the weapon from the student and then embracing him.
- Former college football standout Keanon Lowe told reporters that he at the time felt nothing but compassion for the student.
Earlier this year, a high school football and track coach in Portland, Oregon, was hailed a hero after disarming a student who walked into a Parkrose High School classroom in May with a shotgun, with the intention of committing suicide.
Contrary to initial reports saying the coach, Keanon Lowe, tackled the student, he actually did nothing of the sort. Surveillance footage released by the district attorney’s office Friday showed the student, identified as Angel Granados-Diaz, walking down the hallway and was out of camera view when he entered the classroom, right after Lowe.
Moments later, Lowe is seen backing out of the classroom holding the shotgun in his right hand while holding the student at arm’s length with his other arm. After a staff member ran to take the gun from Lowe, the coach took Angel into his arms, rubbed his back and held him close. Police later found them sitting on the floor of the hallway.
At the time, Lowe told reporters that they were sharing an ‘emotional’ moment together, CNN affiliate KATU reported.
“In that 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,” said Lowe, who was a standout wide receiver for the University of Oregon from 2010 to 2014.
Describing Lowe’s actions as “decisive, courageous and compassionate,” Adam Thayne, an attorney for Granados-Diaz, also stressed that Angel, who is currently receiving treatment, never had plans of hurting anyone but himself. This coincided with investigations stating that Angel never pointed the gun at anyone but himself and never fired the gun on campus.
Although the district attorney’s office said that he did attempt to pull the trigger, the shotgun which contained only one round did not fire. So that was when Lowe took the weapon from him.
Thayne also said that as Angel is “looking to move forward in the best way possible” he also expressed his thanks to Mr. Lowe, the first responders, the Parkrose High School community, and all those who supported him throughout the incident.
Last week, Granados-Diaz was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to one count of unlawful firearm possession in a public building and one count of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm in public. The district attorney’s office also added that the agreement included Granados-Diaz undergoing treatment for mental health and substance abuse.