Social Media: Conditioned To Breed Negativity And Ignore Positivity
We often overlook what speaks volumes in our lives when it comes to tragedy or a life-threatening moment. Everyone yearns for the same interaction, a kind person who will listen to us in our time of need or someone to love and be loved. Keanon Lowe, the former Oregon Ducks wide receiver turned high school football coach, consoled and hugged a gunman who entered the school. Lowe had just disarmed the youth and showed him compassion.
According to Heavy.com Dan Tilkin, of KOIN-TV, broke the story of the video, obtaining it through an open records request. The television station reported that the “surveillance video” shows the moment that Lowe, a football coach at Parkrose High School, disarmed Angel Granados-Diaz of the weapon he’d brought into the school.
If you don’t remember this incident, it’s because it’s a school shooting that didn’t happen. The armed student was stopped, by Lowe, before anyone was harmed. It all unfolded on May 17, 2019, in Portland, Oregon. Here’s the video:
Heavy.com also reported, So insanely powerful. Surveillance video shows the moment Parkrose HS football coach Keanon Lowe disarmed a student who brought a gun to school in May with so much compassion. The video shows Lowe in a school hallway. He’s holding the suspect’s firearm in one hand when the video begins. He hands it to another man and then hugs and consoles the accused gunman in the hallway for a long period of time. Granados-Diaz hugs him back as they move further down the hallway. They speak to each other, but you can’t hear what’s said. The moment continues with more embraces. The powerful video had been viewed more than 65,000 times in less than the first hour after Tilkin posted it on Twitter.
According to the Associated Press, Lowe “lunged at the gunman and wrestled with him for the weapon" Keanon says, “I saw the look on his face, the look in his eyes, I looked at the gun, I realized it was a real gun and then my instincts just took over,” Lowe, 27, told AP at the time. He also described what happened in the moments between the two, telling AP, “It was emotional for him, it was emotional for me. In that time, I felt compassion for him. A lot of times, especially when you’re young, you don’t realize what you’re doing until it’s over.”
Many of today's youth and adults are in search of love and a mental balance to cope in a society that has so much influence in daily living. In order to have a life, we must engage in some form of social media or we are not seen as normal and some will think you don't have a life if you don't post it. Adults and teens constantly see in their social feed who they should be, how they should think, how their bodies should look, what they should wear and glamour it. Adults and youth are bullying their opinions as so-called “Facts” online and the President of the United States does not help matters with his daily negative rants. No wonder, many live with anxiety also, strive to find some type of normalcy in a social media-driven world. Mental Health is real and plays a dramatic role in decision-making when we feel we are not accepted or capable of fitting into the standard of everyday life. A breaking point can happen to all of us. Luckily, Keanon Lowe looked passed his fears and saw a person who needed help - compassion.