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Her son was identified by several eyewitnesses as the person school resource officer Mark Dallas shot and wounded Wednesday after Matthew Milby fired shots at graduation practice.
Illinois State Police, who are handling the investigation, were at the Milbys’ home at 4:30 p.m., waiting for a warrant to search the house.
Although several of his friends said he had not been to school in months, Matthew Milby was not expelled, as previously reported, did not drop out, and was eligible to graduate with his class, Superintendent Margo Empen said. She said she could not provide further details because of school privacy laws.
In fact, Matthew Milby went to the school Wednesday to pick up his cap and gown, his mother said.
Senior Caleb Carlson, 19, said he’s known Matthew Milby since middle school, when they were friends.
“I knew that he had quite a few guns,” Carlson said.
Senior Tyler Adcock, 17, who also has known Matthew Milby since middle school, said, “I never really talked to him in the last two years, but he never seemed malicious. I haven’t seen him since two days after the second semester [started]. ... I thought he dropped out.”
Classmate Lukas Wedekind, 18, said he ran track and cross country with Matthew Milby and knew him through football, but “hadn’t seen him at school since a month after winter break.”
His mother said she has no idea where her son, whom she described as “respectful” and “submissive,” got the gun. She said they did not have guns at their home.
He was charged May 15, 2017, and found guilty April 26 in Lee County court of possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, and fined $120.