It’s one of those situations that we simply don’t believe will happen to us, because it always happens to other people…
You come face to face with a gunman and have to make an instant, life-changing decision as to what you will do next. That’s exactly what happened to Keanon Lowe, a coach and security guard, at Parkrose High School in Oregon.
Lowe stated that he was radioed to the Fine Arts Building to find a student, which he said happens a lot throughout his day. He was completely unaware of the situation that was about to unfold right in front of him.
Lowe shared details what happened next on Good Morning America…
“I walk into a classroom, ask if the student’s there. I’m in the classroom there for 15 or 20 seconds and the door opens and there is a student with a shotgun,”
“Everything happened so fast and it was the longest fraction of a second of my life, but I kind of assessed that situation and my instincts kicked in.
“I lunged for the gun and we both had the gun, we had four hands on the gun. Students are running out of the back of the classroom and I’m just trying to make sure the end of the gun isn’t pointing toward where the students are running.”
Lowe was able to secure the weapon and hand it to another teacher. He stayed with the alleged gunman until police arrived.
Lowe’s quick thinking and selfless actions most likely saved many lives that day so it’s no surprise that he’s being hailed as a hero.
We wanted to honor Keanon Lowe’s bravery on the Conservative Business Journal and thank him for stepping up to protect the students when they needed him the most.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela