Surveillance video that shows a security guard from Oregon’s Parkrose High School security guard and coach Keanon Lowe disarming a student who brought a gun to school has drawn nationwide praise for Lowe’s response and his compassion. The Parkrose School District is objecting to its disclosure, arguing the tape should not have been released to the media and general public, The Oregonian reports. Surveillance footage from the incident shows the staffer hugging the teen and patting him on the back. The video was posted by KOIN-TV and was released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office in response to a public records request by the Portland CBS affiliate.
Parkrose Superintendent Michael Lopes-Serrao said on Saturday, “We believe the release of the video is a violation of student rights through the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).” He added that, “This was a traumatic event for our students, staff, and community.” The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law that protects students’ educational records. It applies to schools that receive federal funds. The Oregonian/OregonLive received a copy of the video from the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office in response to the paper’s public records request. Serrao also criticized the publication of the video by media outlets, saying it was done without the district’s permission or due consideration. The post has been shared more than 7,000 times on social media and prompted close to 100 comments on OregonLive and more than 100 on Facebook.