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Viral video shows Oregon high school coach disarming and hugging student with shotgun
A high school football coach from Oregon is getting widespread praise after footage recently emerged showing him successfully disarming and hugging a student who brought a loaded shotgun to school.
Footage released on Friday shows 19-year-old Angel Granados-Diaz walking onto campus at the Parkrose High School in Portland back in May with the firearm concealed underneath his jacket, NBC News reports.
Moments after Granados-Diaz can be seen entering a room in one of the campus' buildings, coach Keanon Lowe is captured entering the same room shortly after. Lowe then exits the room with the gun, which was reportedly loaded with one round, as he guides Granados-Diaz out of the room.
Lowe could then be seen hugging Granados-Diaz for about two minutes while also holding the gun away from the student until another staffer retrieves the gun from him.
According to a local CBS station, authorities said that Granados-Diaz had a history of making suicidal statements prior to the May incident.
"I analyzed everything in a second," Lowe told the station shortly after the incident. "I told him [that] I was there to save him, I was there for a reason, and that [his] life was worth living. The universe works in amazing ways."
"I'm lucky and I'm happy that I was in that classroom for all those kids and I was able to prevent that tragedy," he continued.
Lowe drew viral praise for his handling of the traumatic situation online over the weekend.
Granados-Diaz has since pleaded guilty to two gun charges and been sentenced to 36 months of probation, according to NBC News.