This incident reportedly happened back in May in Portland, but it wasn’t until this Friday that the surveillance video was released by the district attorney’s office. The video shows Keanon Lowe, a football and track and field coach at Parkrose High School, backing out of a classroom with shotgun in hand. He then hands the shotgun to another adult and embraces the student who brought it to school.
Stunning surveillance footage captured the moment a high school coach in Oregon disarmed a student with a shotgun and then embraced him. Police eventually arrived and took the student into custody. https://t.co/a5artNKKlJ pic.twitter.com/rIKG9Phl0e
— ABC News (@ABC) October 19, 2019
Lowe was hailed a hero following the incident at the Portland high school.
“This was a best-case scenario,” Portland Police Sergeant Brad Yakots said at the time. “The staff members from all accounts did an excellent job.”
Initial reports said that Lowe wrestled the student to the ground, but the video, which was released by Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office on Friday, shows the emotional moment the two shared.
[The student], now 19, was suffering from a mental health crisis at the time, according to ABC Portland affiliate KATU. He pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in a public building and one count of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm in public and was sentenced to three years of probation, KATU reported.
— Suzy Is A Banshee ❄️🤝🌹 (@snow_lynx) October 19, 2019
— Lex_28 (@ILex39) October 19, 2019
Wow, amazing! Literally the hairs on my arm stood up with tears in my eyes! God bless that coach. I hope that child receives the help he needs.
— Julian Arellano Ramos (@JulianAR1972) October 19, 2019
That's a phenomenal job coach well done 😎 you definitely get five for that ⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️ #nextlevel
— Granny Hawkins (@coolbreeze1776) October 19, 2019
Just what each of those shooters never received, a decent hug.
— ThePeanutGallery (@Star140dc2e0) October 19, 2019
Oh I am crying. The compassion & love in this man's heart not only saved those in this school but this boy as well.
— Lori (@Twittystew) October 19, 2019
Awesome job coach!
— 🇺🇸Sharon🎃 (@Shaley61) October 19, 2019
To watch all these people involved gave me goosebumps! The coach who embraced this young man brought tears to my eyes. What an incredible thing to do. This student is obviously lost or hurting & this teacher/coach hugged him. Deeply moving! #Hero #Compassion ❤
— Trisha 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈 (@trishac444) October 19, 2019
The power of PRAYER 🙏 amen
— ImBEOWULF (@ImBeoWulf) October 19, 2019
— Tara (@Tara_Jennell) October 19, 2019
Oh my such an amazingly brave compassionate coach 👏🏻👌🏻 thank god nothing happened 👍🏻
— ~Ramya~ (@muskuratilife) October 19, 2019
— Raymond Shrader (@raythebanker) October 19, 2019
To be fair I saw 3 heroes in this clip. A team effort with tremendous leadership shown by this amazing human. I hope he gets the recognition he deserves, but I would bet all he cares about is that student and all the students and staff he was able to save. God Bless
— ❌🐸🐸Trump Babe🐸🐸❌ (@DeplorableBabe) October 19, 2019
— Allyn Fisher-Ilan (@AFilan) October 19, 2019
That kid was definitely hurting and that coach must been close or had some type of rapport with him. Hopefully they get this young kid some help. Great job avoiding that disaster
— Xr0 (@xr0_llc) October 19, 2019
This is amazing at the highest level ❣️
— 🏊🏼♀️sharon wasson 🌊🧜🏽♀️ (@aquacatehs) October 19, 2019
His name is @KeanonLowe and he is a HERO!
— Deniiise 💗 (@RogueCharisma) October 19, 2019
— Henryserrano (@Henryse36331097) October 19, 2019
Best Coach Around pic.twitter.com/IywLpcSBib
— 🎃j.breezyart🎃 (@BreezyartJ) October 19, 2019
Now that's true, "grace under pressue".
— Alwaysnarkin (@alwaysnarkin) October 19, 2019