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Surveillance Video Shows Moment Coach Disarmed, Hugged Suicidal Student

Surveillance Video Shows Moment Coach Disarmed, Hugged Suicidal Student
Coach Keanon Lowe (AP)

By    |   Sunday, 20 October 2019 06:13 PM

Surveillance video released over the weekend shows the dramatic moment an Oregon high school coach disarmed and hugged a student who showed up to school with a gun in May, reports NBC News.

Keanon Lowe, a former football player at the University of Oregon who works at Parkrose High School as a security guard and football and track and field coach, embraced the student, Angel Granados-Diaz, then 18, after disarming him and handing the gun off to another student.

“I looked at the gun and I realized it was a real gun and then my instincts just took over,” Lowe said afterward.

Granados-Diaz had made suicidal statements in the past and had been experiencing a “mental health crisis” at the time, according to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

Lowe had been sent to locate him.

Granados-Diaz was in the bathroom with a shotgun. When he exited, he pointed the gun at himself and tried unsuccessfully to fire. That’s when Lowe took the gun.

“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 said in May.

“The universe works in amazing ways. I’m lucky and I’m happy that I was in that classroom for all those kids and I was able to prevent that tragedy," he said.

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