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Hero Who Stopped School Shooting to Receive Congressional Medal

Keanon Lowe attends CNN Heroes at the American Museum of Natural History on December 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for WarnerMedia)

Wednesday, 01 April 2020 09:09 PM

Keanon Lowe, the football coach who disarmed a would-be shooter at an Oregon high school, will receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. 

During the 2019 scuffle, Keanon took a loaded shotgun from the hands of a 19-year-old student who walked onto the premises of Parkrose High School in Portland.

“’I didn’t want to hurt anybody, I didn’t want to hurt anybody,’ that’s what he said to me, ‘I only wanted to hurt myself,’” Keanon said at the time during an ESPN interview. “He goes on to say, ‘Nobody cares about me.’ I told him I care about him. I think he needed a hug more than he needed to be tackled to the ground.” 

The video shows the teen entering a room in the school building before Lowe tracked him down. Soon after, Lowe comes out of the room holding the gun while also leading the student out.

The two embrace one another while Lowe passes the gun to another school employee.

Lowe will join five other people and one organization in receiving the as their Citizen Honors Award Honorees for 2020.

“I just acted,” Lowe said. “I just went. I just moved forward.”

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