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New footage shows hero coach disarming, comforting Oregon student

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 20, 2019

Oregon receiver Keanon Lowe runs the ball in for a touchdown during the second half of a PAC 12 college football game in this September 2014 photo. Lowe is being credited with disarming a student undergoing a mental health crisis at a high school in Portland in May. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Oregon receiver Keanon Lowe runs the ball in for a touchdown during the second half of a PAC 12 college football game in this September 2014 photo. Lowe is being credited with disarming a student undergoing a mental health crisis at a high school in Portland in May. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
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Newly released surveillance footage from the Parkrose High School gun scare in May shows Keanon Lowe, a security guard and coach at the Portland school, disarming, embracing and comforting the distraught student who brought a loaded shotgun into a classroom.

Investigators say the student, Angel Granados-Diaz, then 18, was suffering a mental health crisis and didn’t intend to hurt anyone but himself.

The video shows Lowe walk into a hallway in the school, holding the gun in one hand and keeping his other arm wrapped around Granados-Diaz. He hands the weapon off to another male, then wraps both arms around Granados-Diaz in a bear hug. He appears to comfort the teen, who eventually touches Lowe’s face, then embraces the coach as Lowe hugs him and pats him on the back.

Granados-Diaz hadn’t wanted to kill himself at home, where his mother would find his body, so he went to the school to do it, authorities said. His lawyer said the teen had been in a school bathroom and thought about ending his life there but decided to go into the classroom instead so someone would call 911 immediately after he fired.

School officials received a heads-up the morning of May 17 about the potential danger after at least one student reported to the school that Granados-Diaz had been making suicidal statements. That prompted campus security guard Lowe to head to Granados-Diaz’s class to find him and bring him back to the school office.

Lowe dealt with Granados-Diaz until police arrived to the Northeast Portland school. Students rushed out of the classroom in fear.

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