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What happened after a coach disarmed a student

In May, an Oregon high school coach disarmed a student at Parkrose High School who was carrying a gun, CBS News reports.

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After the story broke, football and track coach Keanon Lowe was hailed as a hero, but surveillance video shows him pulling the student in for a long hug after disarming him and handing the gun to another teacher.

“The door opens—I’m within arm’s length of the door, about 3 feet away from the door, and there’s a kid with a gun, a shotgun,” Mr Lowe told KOIN (CBS affiliate, Portland, Oregon). “In a fraction of a second, I analyzed everything really fast. 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.

“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,” he said.

The student reportedly never pointed the gun at anyone but himself and pleaded guilty to gun-related charges on October 10.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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