19-year-old student faces gun charges in Carbondale bus incident

Jekiary Anderson

UPDATE: Jackson County States Attorney Michael C. Carr announced June 5 Jekiary Anderson of Carbondale has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon.

The charge comes after police responded to a student identified as Anderson pulling a gun and making threats to another student while on a school bus April 12.

Anderson entered a not-guilty plea during an April 30 arraignment with a bond set at $10,000. A trial date is set for July 15, 2019 and if convicted, Anderson faces two to five years in prison.

UPDATE: Police are searching for a 19-year-old student facing a criminal charge after a fight on a school bus led to a lockdown at Carbondale Community High School.

The Carbondale Police Department says 19-year-old Jekiary Anderson is wanted on a charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Police say he is considered armed and dangerous.

If you see him or have information about where he is, you are asked to call the Carbondale Police Department at 618-457-3200 or your local law enforcement agency.

UPDATE: Video shows a fight on a school bus that led to a brief lockdown at Carbondale Community High School on Friday.

Local 6 received video of the fight from a source on the bus who wishes to remain anonymous. We have chosen to blur faces in the video, because those involved are minors.

Friday morning, Superintendent Stephen Murphy said one of the Carbondale Community High School students involved in the fight allegedly had a weapon. In the video, you can see that one student does have something in his hand, but it is not yet clear if the alleged weapon is real or not.

CARBONDALE, IL — Carbondale Community High School was put on lockdown Friday morning following an incident that happened on a bus.

Around 7:30 a.m., Carbondale police were notified about a disturbance that took place on a school bus in the 600 block of East College Street.

Superintendent Stephen Murphy says known acquaintances were involved in a dispute and that one of them, a male Carbondale Community High School student, allegedly had a weapon.

That male student got off and ran away from the bus. He never arrived at the high school.

It was soon after getting that information that the high school was put on lockdown for precautionary purposes. That lockdown was lifted at 9:10 a.m.

Murphy says there is not any known threats to the high school, students, faculty or staff at this time.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing. There will also be additional security on the bus until the investigation is complete.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Carbondale Police Department at 618-457-3200.