A day that could have ended in horrific tragedy was saved by one brave man who did the right thing.
Coach Keanon Lowe of Parkrose High School, Oregon, risked his life to save that of countless students and teachers. A student entered a classroom wearing a black trench coat and carrying a shot gun.
The football coach didn’t hesitate – and tackled him in the hallway before the student had the chance to harm anyone.
Today, everyone has their lives… and the Coach is being heralded a hero.
According to the Oregonian:
Parents and students reported Coach Keanon Lowe, one of Oregon’s most prominent high school and college football players of the past decade, took the armed male student to the ground.
Lowe, also Parkrose’s head track and field coach, works as a security guard at the school, several people said.
Thank GOD he was there. I hate to think what would have happened if it weren’t for him.
“I’m just happy everyone was OK,” Lowe said as he walked out of the school’s fine arts building into a school parking lot shortly after police had cleared the school and talked to witnesses. “I’m happy I was able to be there for the kids and for the community.”
He said he was tired and wanted to go home to his loved ones. Several people greeted him in the parking lot. Two men shook Lowe’s hand and one woman hugged him and told him, “Thank you.”
Parkrose HS seniors Preston Anderson, 17, & Sair Nunez, 19 said they were in their government class in the Fine Arts building when a male classmate came in with a gun and was subdued by Keanon Lowe, a coach at the school. pic.twitter.com/aKU4zPj8XD
— Everton Bailey Jr. (@EvertonBailey) May 17, 2019
I think everyone is grateful for him today – including us.
Lowe, the coach who subdued the suspect, is a Jesuit High School graduate and former star wide receiver for the Oregon Ducks. This past football season was his first as Parkrose’s football coach.
Several seniors on the football team described Lowe as a genuine, selfless coach who inspired his players and changed the program’s culture. The team made the playoffs in Lowe’s first year, a big jump from the previous season’s winless record.
“He pushes everyone to be the best versions of themselves,” said Ty Singkhek, 18.
He sounds like a truly awesome guy.
Lowe was effective not only as coach but also as the school’s security guard – getting students to listen by treating everyone with respect, said Tim Shichalin, 18.
“He stays really calm all the time,” he said.
Lowe hosted a team barbecue at his house last summer and paid for players to eat at Kumi Buffet after a big win during the season, said Elijah Reginald, 18.
Reginald said Lowe, in only one year at Parkrose, made an immense impact – even before what happened Friday.
“I think he deserves a lot of credit for his bravery,” Reginald said. “If it wasn’t for him, someone could have gotten hurt or potentially lost their life.”
No one truly knows how they would react in the face of something like this. Today, we know that Coach Keanon Lowe would sacrifice himself to save others.
For that, we thank him.