Dixon High School celebrates graduation

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DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) -- Four days after a former student comes into Dixon High School with a gun during graduation practice, students walk the stage to receive their diplomas.

"It's scary just because it happened in there, but we knew we were safe. It was just.... it's weird going back in there," said graduating senior Grace Youngmark.

Youngmark is grateful to be spending today honoring her achievements along with all of her classmates inside the same auditorium where she witnessed terrifying events just days ago.

"As you are all aware, there was an incident at Dixon High School this past Wednesday. I would like to take this opportunity to openly thank the students and staff at Dixon High school for the way they handled the situation," said Dixon High School Principal Dr. Michael Grady.

School Resource Officer Mark Dallas led students into the ceremony. Dallas is being considered a hero for stopping Matthew Milby.

Milby entered the school Wednesday morning during graduation practice with a gun. Thanks to the quick reaction of Dallas, Milby was taken into custody and no one inside the school was hurt.

"What you just witnessed was a celebration, and we're very glad it was. We had a very high level of security unfortunate but very necessary," said Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellano Jr.

"Considering the fact that like they wanna take the school resource officers away. That just shows that we need them," said graduating senior Heaven Turner.

"I think it brought us all closer that we went through that situation together," said Youngmark.

Milby pled not guilty to all charges involving the incident.