High School Coach Disarms and Comforts Suicidal Student
When he saw the student enter the classroom with a shotgun, he didn't hesitate to act.
Students at Parkrose High School in Oregon got quite a scare when senior Angel Granados-Diaz walked into a classroom with a loaded shotgun. Diaz's girlfriend was leaving him, and he wanted to end his life.
Fortunately, Keanon Lowe, the school's football, track coach and security guard, was in the classroom at the time. Lowe, who used to play football for the Oregon Ducks, was able to quickly take the gun away from Diaz, and he led him out of the classroom.
This happened back in May, but the Multnoma County District Attorney's office just released this dramatic surveillance video:
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In the video, you can see Lowe exit the classroom while holding on to the gun with one hand, and his other hand is locked around Diaz's shoulders.
Once they're in the hallway, another teacher takes the gun from Lowe's hands and exits the building while Lowe wraps Diaz in a tight embrace in the hallway. He continues to hold Diaz in a strong hug until the police arrive and place him under arrest.
"I walk in there, I get to the classroom, I'm in the classroom for 15, 20 seconds - you know, I ask the teacher, 'Is the student here?'" Lowe told KOIN . "The door opens - I'm within arm's length of the door, about 3 feet away from the door, and there's a kid with a gun, a shotgun. In a fraction of a second, I analyzed everything really fast."
While Granados-Diaz said he had no intention of hurting other students, only himself, students were still shaken by the event. After they fled the school in panic, they were able to call their parents and let them know what happened.
Lowe (pictured below) was just glad that everyone, including Granados-Diaz, was okay.
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"Then it was just me and that student. It was a real emotional time," Lowe said back in May, according to KATU .
"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." - Keanon Lowe
Granados-Diaz had become depressed and lonely after his girlfriend left him. He told authorities that he didn't want to kill himself at home, because he didn't want his mother to find his body. Instead, he brought a loaded shotgun to school to do it there. Thanks to Lowe, he never had the chance to fire the gun.
After the incident, Granados-Diaz received a 36-month probation sentence and will have mental health treatment available to him for as long as he needs it.
If you or anyone you know is having thoughts of ending your life, don't hesitate to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline : (800) 273-8255
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.