It’s getting more and more common that we hear about horrible shootings in our schools. However, today we can be happy. Football coach Keanon Lowe tackled a would-be attacker to the ground this week, before ripping the shotgun from his hands.
Oregon student Angel Granados-Diaz, 18, allegedly brought the shotgun to Parkrose High School one day before their school prom dance. The student has been charged with possession of a firearm in a public building, attempting to discharge a firearm at a school, reckless endangerment and possession of a loaded firearm in a public place.
However, it could have been much worse. Football coach and school security guard Keanon Lowe was on hand to wrestle the student to the ground. His actions potentially saved many lives. Lowe formerly played for the University of Oregon football team, and the wide receiver put his training to good use.
“I lunged for the gun and we both had the gun, we had four hands on the gun,” Lowe said. “I’m just trying to make sure the end of the gun isn’t pointing toward where the students are running.”
He did admirably well. Parkrose High School also acknowledged their football coach’s heroic actions in a letter to parents. “The reports of staff heroism are true and many staff stepped up and put their lives in front of our students to keep them safe,” it read. “Parkrose High School staff and students were exceptional in their efforts to keep each other safe and follow the emergency training we have in place.”
Students were shaken, but alive. They attended their prom the next day in spite of what had happened, in order to prove that love overcomes hate.
Parkrose High School students showing their PRIDE at prom on the Spirit of Portland this past Saturday #ParkroseProud #ParkroseStrong
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