David Hogg finally found a school shooting he didn’t want to politicize. He didn’t even tweet about it.
That’s because the school shooting Wednesday morning, at Dixon High School, west of Chicago in northern Illinois, was over before it really started. The school’s resource officer, Mark Dallas (above, left), confronted the shooter before he could harm anyone, and even shot and arrested him. That doesn’t fit Hogg’s narrative, so he didn’t even mention it.
The alleged shooter, Matthew Milby (above, right), is recovering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound, and faces multiple charges.
After the details of the school shooting broke, however, the media did no live shots from the scene, and no breaking news reports on the evening newscasts. Just a quick mention that didn’t take up much time, and no discussion of the issues involved, as happened after other school shootings. As soon as it was clear that no kids were harmed, and a good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun, the media moved on.
The same media that downplayed the importance of having an armed officer on school campus – and even called the practice potentially dangerous – chose instead to cover stories of accidental shootings to push the “gun free zone” narrative.
After the Parkland shooting, ABC News reported that kids could grab guns from armed guards at a school.
And so, they are ignoring Officer Mark Dallas, who saved countless lives at Dixon High School Wednesday.
Officer Mark Dallas, who has worked at Dixon High School for five years, was hailed as a hero for shooting and arresting Milby.
‘He saved an enormous amount of lives,’ Lee County Sheriff John Simonton said.
His comments were echoed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who in a statement credited ‘Dallas for his bravery and quick action to immediately diffuse a dangerous situation.’
The shooting happened shortly after 8 a.m. on Wednesday.
Police Chief Steven Howell Jr. said several shots were fired near the auditorium, and Dallas rushed to the area to confront the gunman.
Howell said Dallas chased the suspect after he fled from the school. The suspect fired several shots at the officer, who returned fire, wounding the suspect and taking him into custody.
Police said they believe the gunman acted alone and that there was no further threat to anyone in the area. Howell declined to discuss why Milby brought a gun to the school.
‘I could not be more proud of the police officer and the way he responded to the situation.
‘With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged towards the suspect and confronted him, head on,’ Howell said of the 15-year veteran of the Dixon Police Department.
The accused shooter is being described as a bullied kid, who had been robbed several times and kicked off the football team for smoking pot.
Matthew A. Milby, 19, of Dixon has been charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, aggravated discharge at a school employee and aggravated discharge at a school building.
When he opened fire, seniors were gathering near the gym to take part in a rehearsal for graduation.
Milby, who was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with a school resource officer, remains hospitalized with what authorities describe as non-life-threatening injuries.
His mother, Julie, said she had no idea where her son got the gun he used in the shooting.
She told CBS Chicago he had been bullied, adding: ‘What was hurtful was and what this all led to was ostracization.
‘I just know that the kid’s been real sad for a long time.’
Children stole from him, she said, explaining: ‘His kindness got taken for weakness and he kind of got thrown under the bus.’
But she also added he was on the school football and track teams and was set to graduate on Sunday.
He was kicked off the football team, however, for ‘smoking pot’, she said.
Police records show he was arrested for trespassing on a railroad property and had been charged for marijuana possession.
Julie, whose home was searched by ATF agents, also said she was thankful that Dallas did not kill her son.
She said, as reported by ABC7: ‘Well, my kid is laying up at the hospital shot. Thank god they didn’t kill him, that’s a blessing. Thank god he didn’t kill anyone else.’
She also said she grew up with Dallas, adding: ‘I honestly would have to tell him ‘thank you’ because I think in most cases they would kill him.’
CBS News reports on the shooting and the shooter.
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