Incredible footage has emerged of the moment a high school gym teacher managed to disarm a suicidal student wielding a shotgun and then embrace him with a hug.
Last year, 19-year-old Angel Granados-Diaz (18 at the time of the incident) who attended Parkrose High School in Oregon, brought a shotgun into campus with him, with the intention of taking his own life. When he was spotted with the firearm, panic ensued, and students began feeling in their droves.
According to The Oregonian, the teenager in question was suffering from a number of mental health issues at the time of the incident and had recently broken up with his girlfriend.
However, security footage managed to record the moment when 27-year-old football coach Keanon Lowe wrestled with Granados-Diaz, before disarming him and pulling him into a tight hug.
Commenting on the incident in a later interview, Lowe stated: “It was emotional for him, it was emotional for me. In that time, I felt compassion for him. A lot of times, especially when you’re young, you don’t realize what you’re doing until it’s over. I told him I was there to save him, I was there for a reason and this was a life worth living.”
He added: “I saw the look on his face, the look in his eyes, I looked at the gun, I realized it was a real gun and then my instincts just took over. I lunged for the gun, put two hands on the gun and he had his two hands on the gun and obviously the students are running out of the classroom.”
Granados-Diaz has since been given a three-year-long probationary sentence on Thursday, pleading guilty to charges of the felony possession of a firearm in a public building and misdemeanour possession of a loaded firearm in public. He is also receiving mental health treatment and therapy as part of his sentencing.