Football coach prevents suicide
On the 17th May 2019, a student attending Parkrose high school attempted to take his own life. Granados-Diaz entered his school under the influence of alcohol with a shotgun to hand. He attempted to take his own life in one of the school classrooms. Upon seeing the events unfold the school coach stopped the impending suicide.
Mr Lowe (the school coach) was summoned to get a student. This is the statement he made about the event.
"I saw the look on his face, look in his eyes, looked at the gun, realized it was a real gun and then my instincts just took over. I lunged for the gun, put two hands on the gun. He had his two hands on the gun and obviously the kids are running out of the classroom and screaming." Mr Lowe handed the gun to another teacher and then comforted Granados-Diaz. "I just held him and told him that I was there to save him."
On the 10th October 2019, Granados-Diaz pleaded guilty to the charges of having a loaded gun in public. The gun was purchased legally. Granados-Diaz was sentenced to 36 months of probation and is receiving mental health and substance abuse treatment.
I'm thankful that nobody got hurt and that Mr Lowe managed to protect Granados-Diaz. Suicide and mental health are not easy to talk about however it is the right way to start. Talking to friends, family or trusted adults does help.
If you're experiencing suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself there are many ways of seeking help.
Here are some numbers you can call if you're feeling suicidal:
UK & IRELAND: 116 123
AUSTRALIA: 13 11 14
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