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Video Shows Oregon Coach Disarming And Comforting Distraught Student Who Brought Shotgun Into School

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This story could have very easily had a different ending.

Parkrose High School in Portland, Oregon, was thrown into a panic when 19-year-old Angel Granados-Diaz showed up with a shotgun containing a single round.

Whether Granados-Diaz planned to kill himself or had another target in mind is unclear.

Security guard and track-and-field coach Keanon Lowe saw Granados-Diaz bearing the gun and decided to take action.

“The look in his eyes,” Lowe said to NBC News.  

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

But his instincts were not the ones you’d expect in America 2019.  No, his instincts were compassionate, quick and effective.

He took the gun and quickly pulled Granados-Diaz into a hug.

“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.”

“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.”


While on probation, Granados-Diaz is prohibited from entering school grounds.

The incident has us all reflecting on what it takes to prevent these tragedies. As Lowe stated, he is very lucky.

Tragically, others who have tried to do the same were met by a more determined gunman. Keeping a gun from their hands seems to be the only safe solution.

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Written by Mike Walsh

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