Students back after weekend violence

Local News

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — After a traumatic weekend, schools greeted students with extra counselors to help them cope.

Friday night, three teens were shot outside Central High School after a tense basketball game against Danville. They’ve since been released from the hospital.

Students are experiencing feelings across the board. Some dismiss the shooting as no big deal while others are more shaken up saying whoever did this is still out there.

The crime scene tape is gone, but the gravity of the situation lingers.

“A lot of people are sad and kind of scared.”

“In first hour today, the teachers talked to us about the incident on Friday and said if we had troubles, they would talk to us.”

Talk to them about a shooting after Friday’s Central-Danville varsity basketball game which left three people hurt.

“During the game, it was really intense, like the most intense basketball game I’ve been to.”

David Kanfer plays JV basketball at Central. He says, even though no one from Central was hurt, students still have some emotional wounds on their first day back to class.

“One of my teammates knew someone who was shot.”

In addition to extra counselors, the school had more security than usual on and around campus.

“I’ve noticed more police in school today.”

It was comforting to students like Sam Schultz. He usually goes to Central’s basketball games but he sat Friday’s game out.

“I just wasn’t feeling it, so maybe it was like a sign.”

Now, he’s concerned the person behind the shooting still hasn’t been caught.

“They’re on the loose, so it could happen again.”

Danville High School also had counselors to help support students. One of those injured is a student at DHS. The principal says she’s doing well, but taking time off from school to recover.

Police say the shooting happened when a crowd moved outside for a “potential fight.” They haven’t named any suspects, but they’re asking anyone for information.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. Tipsters are always 100% completely anonymous.

All tips submitted to Crime Stoppers are electronically stripped of any personally identifying information and processed by a third-party answering service, not law enforcement.

Cash rewards up to $1,000 are paid for information leading to an arrest. Tipsters will never be asked their name and are given a secret code number to use when checking on a possible reward. 

Champaign County Crime Stoppers  
(217) 373 – TIPS 
Free smartphone mobile app: P3 Tips 

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