A black coach disarmed a student who brought a gun to school.
A video is now going viral after a coach disarmed a student who brought a loaded gun to school.
The video shows coach Keanon Lowe first tossing out something in the hallway before walking out of the classroom.
The coach, with the gun in his right hand and the student Angel Granados-Diaz in his left, slowly walks out of the classroom.
Lowe then hands the gun off to another teacher and starts calming Diaz down.
Here’s the video:
Lowe told reporters:
“There was no time for fear or even to think…everything happened so fast, and it was the longest fraction of a second of my life,”
The video was just released to the public, October 19th 2019, though the incident happened in May.
Lowe said as soon as the student entered the classroom he was in arm’s length of the student, and was able to immediately grab the gun:
“I saw the look in his face, look in his eyes, looked at the gun, realized it was a real gun and then my instincts just took over. I lunged for the gun, put two hands on the gun. He had his two hands on the gun and obviously the kids are running out of the classroom and screaming.”
Diaz’s attorney Adam Thayne said in court that he only had the intentions of killing only himself with the gun that day, and wasn’t intending to hurt anyone else.
People argued that the gun itself wasn’t the type of gun you can actually turn on yourself and shoot, due to its length. It was also argued that it’s unlikely someone would go all the way to the school with that sort of gun to just kill themself, especially while wearing a trenchcoat.
But Thayne insisted that though it was originally thought to be a planned shooting, the evidence it was a planned suicide was overwhelming, stating that Diaz wrote on a bullet casing:
“The last red pill 5-17-19 just for me.”
“I didn’t meant for any of this to happen. I just wanted to die. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone, just myself… I’m sorry for all of this.”
Diaz pleaded guilty to guilty to two charges related to bringing the loaded gun to school.
As a part of a plea deal, he will spend three years on probation and receive mental health treatment.