Former Oregon Duck Stops School Shooting

Kaden Golden, Staff Writer

    When Keanon Lowe woke up on Friday morning, he wasn’t expecting to be hailed a hero by the end of the day. He went to work at Parkrose High School in Portland, Oregon just like normal, but around noon that changed.

    Keanon Lowe was a former wide receiver for the Oregon Ducks and analyst for the San Francisco 49ers. Lowe was working as security at the school as well as coaching the track team when the incident occured.

    Shortly before noon, Parkrose High School student Angel Granados Dias, 18, entered a classroom armed with a shotgun and up to no good. Lowe who was working that day tackled Dias and wrestled the gun away from him before he could fire off a shot and hurt anyone. Lowe’s quick actions and courage helped avoid certain tragedy that Friday morning. “I commend the school staff member who displayed quick actions and bravery when he confronted the subject,” said Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw in a statement.

    After interviewing students at TRHS most students said that schools need more people like Lowe and the world is a safer place because of him.

    The incident occurred the day before the schools scheduled prom date, but school administration decided to go forward with the original date and finish off the school year as planned.

    “I’m just happy everyone was OK,” Lowe said as he exited the building after police had cleared the building.

    If it had not been for Keanon Lowe’s brave actions many people could have been hurt by Dias that day.