PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Days after dramatic surveillance video was released showing how Parkrose High School coach Keanon Lowe stopped an armed student gunman, the Multnomah County District Attorney and the student’s lawyer each released statements.
The release of the video triggered worldwide responses, as well as reactions from local community members, including the school’s superintendent, Michael Lopes Serrao, who voiced concern over the possibility that students and staff could be traumatized again by the video.
In a letter to the superintendent, District Attorney Rod Underhill apologized and explained why the video was released.
“(T)he Oregon Public Records law exempts from disclosure information that would unreasonably invade someone’s privacy unless the public interest in release outweighs the relevant privacy interests by clear and convincing evidence,” the letter read in part.
“This particular case was unique due to the intense public interest in the conduct of all involved…”
In a statement from his lawyer, former Parkrose student Angel Granados-Diaz thanked Coach Lowe for what he did that day, and said he wanted to move forward in his life, in the best way possible.
Granados-Diaz, who is now 19, was sentenced to three years of probation, and will receive mental health treatment as well.
Investigators believed he intended to take his own life at the school on that day in May.
The full letter from the DA to the Parkrose superintendent can be read below: