The word “hero” gets tossed around a lot, especially in the world of sports. This time, though, it was well-deserved.
Former Oregon wide receiver Keanon Lowe was rightly hailed as a hero following an incident at Portland’s Parkrose High school in May. That day, witnesses saw 18-year-old Angel Granados-Dias dressed in a dark trench coat and brandishing a shotgun in the doorway of a classroom. Students immediately began fleeing the room, but Lowe, an assistant football coach at the school as well as a security guard, managed to tackle Dias before he fired any shots.
This week, surveillance video was released that, while not including Lowe actually disarming the student, showed the immediate aftermath in the hallway outside of the classroom — and was likely more striking than the actual disarming because of the remarkable compassion Lowe showed the troubled young man.
” It was a really emotional time,” Lowe said shortly after the incident. “Emotional time for him, for me. In that time, I felt compassion for him. A lot of times when you’re young, you don’t realize what you’re doing until it’s over.
Granados-Diaz, who his lawyer said was drunk at the time of the incident, was sentenced earlier this month to 36 months probation after pleading 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. He was also required to seek immediate mental health and substance abuse treatment; according to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, Granados-Diaz brought the gun, which was loaded with one round, to the school grounds during a mental health crisis.
Lowe played receiver for the Ducks from 2011-14
Former Oregon wide receiver Keanon Lowe performed an all-too-common act of heroism on Friday when he thwarted a potential school shooting before it could begin.
The incident occurred at Portland’s Parkrose High School, where witnesses saw 18-year-old Angel Granados Dias dressed in a dark trench coat and brandishing a shotgun in the doorway of a classroom. Students immediately began fleeing the room, but Lowe managed to tackle Dias before he fired any shots. Dias did not fire any shots or point the gun at anyone, according to the Portland Police Department. He was taken into police custody early Sunday morning, according to The Oregonian.
“Incidents such as the one that occurred today strikes the worst fear in the hearts of students and parents,” Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said in a statement. “The officers and school staff worked together to respond quickly and ensure the safety of all involved. I commend the school staff member who displayed quick actions and bravery when he confronted the subject.”
“At some point, a staff member at the high school confronted him,” police said in a statement. “A Portland Police School Resource Officer and other officers arrived and immediately entered the school and found the staff member detaining the subject in the hallway.”
Lowe played wide receiver for the Ducks from 2011-14, where he caught 68 career passes for 891 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a member of the 2014 Oregon squad that won the Pac-12 championship and the Rose Bowl and reached the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship, Lowe hauled in 28 grabs for 414 yards and five touchdowns. Lowe worked as an analyst for the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers before joining the Parkrose staff. The 2018 campaign was his firs at the school.
“I think (Lowe) deserves a lot of credit for his bravery,” Parkrose student Elijah Reginald told The Oregonian. “If it wasn’t for him, someone could have gotten hurt or potentially lost their life.”