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Dixon Officials Say Graduation Will Be Safe To Attend

May 18, 2018
City of Dixon

Dixon police say the Sunday, May 20 high school graduation ceremonies "will be the safest place in the community." 

That's a turn-around from Wednesday, when authorities say 19-year-old Matthew Milby arrived at Dixon High School during graduation practice and fired several shots inside the building. City Manager Danny Langloss commended the students on their bravery and reassured them that graduation will be safe to attend.

Dixon Police Department

A teenager used a 9mm semi-automatic rifle in firing shots at a northern Illinois high school before he was shot by a school resource officer, police said Thursday.

Illinois State Police also said 19-year-old Matthew Milby’s mother bought the weapon in 2012 and that investigators were working to determine how he obtained it.

Classes were canceled Thursday at Dixon High School, a day after authorities say Milby showed up in the morning as seniors met for a graduation rehearsal and fired several shots inside the building.

City of Dixon

Students at Dixon High School are safe after a shooting in the school around 8:00 Wednesday morning. Police say a 19-year-old student entered the school with a gun and fired shots near the gym, where graduation practice was taking place.

He was pursued by the school’s resource officer, who shot him in the shoulder outside of the building. The shooter was taken into custody. Dixon Police Chief Steven Howell credits active shooter training with preventing casualties.

Flickr user Brent Hoard "ECU School of Education Class Room" (CC BY 2.0)

President Donald Trump’s proposal to arm teachers as a school safety precaution doesn’t sit well with Illinois teachers.

Illinois Federation of Teachers president Dan Montgomery says he has yet to talk to an educator who thinks it’s a good idea. He says this could affect the teacher shortage.

“People are not going to want to go into the profession if the job description includes being a paramilitary officer who may well have to shoot children,” he says.

During his inauguration speech, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan announced a new mission -- figuring out what Illinois can do to prevent violence, like mass shootings at schools. A bipartisan task force formed to study the issue will meet for the first time today in Chicago.

Look back at the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Columbine, Northern Illinois University, and Rep. Greg Harris says you'll see commonalities. Like missed opportunities to help the killers with mental health issues that had been detected, but weren't properly treated.

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