Heightened security after shooting outside Carbondale school


Reporter - Kathryn DiGisi

CARBONDALE, Ill. - A shooting near a local school has the superintendent thinking about heightening security measures so it does not happen again.

Police arrested a 17-year-old man in connection with Monday's shooting near Rebound High School, but they say they are looking for 18-year-old Omari Tinsley, the man police are calling the "primary suspect."

Carbondale Community High School Superintendent Stephen Murphy thumbs through a binder full of action plans.

"We practice them every year, and there's more and more of them," said Murphy.

When he was notified of shots fired on one of his campuses on Monday, his mind was one-tracked.

"The safety and security of your students," said Murphy.

Classes have resumed at Rebound, and by the looks of things you would not know a man, whom police say is a parent, was shot on Oakland Avenue, just next to the Rebound parking lot.

With a heightened police presence making the campus safe now, Murphy wonders how he can maintain that safety in the future.

The alternative school demographic presents a unique challenge when it comes to communicating with parents and family members of the students.

"Not everyone there is even from Carbondale. They're from all over Southern Illinois, some of them are adults," said Murphy.

That means, according to the current system, they cannot be told to stay in the building for lunch; they come and go as they please.

Murphy plans on pitching a closed-lunch policy.

He admits there are safety improvements to be made, but he is proud of his team.

"We followed our procedures, did a very good job of that, and the police response time was phenomenal," said Murphy.

His hope is that Rebound students recognize their second chance at an education and respect it by creating a safe learning environment for everyone.

Carbondale Police say they have obtained an arrest warrant for Omari Tinsley.

He is charged with attempted first degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

The bond was set at $500,000.