Keanon Lowe, the Parkrose High School coach and former Oregon Ducks wide receiver who disarmed a student who police said carried a shotgun into a classroom Friday, described wrestling the student to the ground while others fled in an interview Sunday on Good Morning America.
Lowe described the chain of events that led to him being in the room when a student with a shotgun entered, saying he had received “a regular call to go grab a student” in the Fine Arts Building at Parkrose High School.
“I walk into a classroom, ask if the student’s there,” Lowe said on the national TV morning show. “I’m in the classroom for 15 or 20 seconds and the door opens and there’s a student with a shotgun.
“Everything happened so fast,” he said. “It was the longest fraction of a second of my life”
After that, Lowe said, instinct kicked in.
“I lunged for the gun, and we both had the gun,” he said. “We had four hands on the gun, and students are running out of the back of the classroom and I’m just trying to make sure that the end of the gun isn’t pointing towards where the students are running but also not pointed at myself.”
“So I end up getting the gun from him,” Lowe continued, “getting the gun with my right hand and holding him off with my left hand and calling for a teacher to come grab the gun.”
Ultimately, the student was disarmed and no one was hurt in the incident.
“For me,” Lowe told Good Morning America, “I feel like I was put in that room in that very moment for a reason — to protect those kids.”
“In that moment,” he said, “I was called upon and I just reacted. Like I said, instincts kicked in and I was able to make something good out of something that could have been very, very tragic.”
Lowe said he is excited to get back to school Monday.
“I thank God that no one got hurt,” he said, “and I thank God that I was in that room.”