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Football coach hailed as hero after tackling student who walked into class with shotgun

Posted at 7:38 PM, May 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-18 19:38:04-04

PORTLAND — Keanon Lowe, head football and track coach at Parkrose High School in northeast Portland, is being hailed as a hero after tackling a gunman in a classroom Friday.

Lowe was a standout receiver for the University of Oregon and played for the Ducks between 2010 and 2014, according to the school’s athletic website.

Neither police nor the school identified Lowe as the staff member who subdued the gunman, but that was reported by CNN affiliate KPTV. CNN tried to reach Lowe but was not successful.

A Portland police press release said a male student armed with a shotgun entered a classroom just before noon Friday and a staff member confronted the gunman. By the time officers arrived, police said, the staff member had detained the gunman in the hallway. The student, who was not identified by authorities, is in police custody.

“At this time, it has not been determined if any shots were fired,” the release said.

Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said incidents like this strike “the worst fear in the hearts of students and parents.”

“The officers and school staff worked together to respond quickly and ensure the safety of all involved,” Outlaw said. “I commend the school staff member who displayed quick actions and bravery when he confronted the subject.”

Parkrose High School was placed on lockdown for over two hours after the incident. Parents picked up students at an off-campus reunification site, according to the Parkrose School District.

Officials made an effort to get school life back on schedule, with Principal Molly Ouche saying on Twitter that the school would hold its prom as scheduled on Saturday.