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CHAMPAIGN — Local police are looking for a Centennial High School student accused of having a gun inside the school last week.

A warrant was issued Tuesday for the arrest of Pereze Collier, 18, whose last known address was in the 1500 block of Winston Drive, after he was charged with threatening a school building.

Police said on Sept. 8, they received a report of a person who allegedly displayed a gun inside the school, prompting an immediate lockdown.

Their preliminary investigation indicates Collier, a Centennial student, was arguing with other students. During that exchange, witnesses saw him display an object that appeared to be a firearm that had been in his backpack. At no point was the gun fired, police said.

On Tuesday, the state’s attorney’s office filed the Class 4 felony charge against Collier and Judge Jason Bohm issued a warrant for his arrest with a $500,000 bond.

Police described Collier as Black, 6 feet tall, weighing about 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police at 217-351-4545 or, if wishing to remain anonymous, Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 or or via the free “P3 Tips” mobile app.

At a news conference two days after the incident, Superintendent Shelia Boozer said additional security measures, such as hand-held metal-detecting wands, were being put to use in the district’s middle and high schools.


Mary Schenk is a reporter covering police, courts and breaking news at The News-Gazette. Her email is, and you can follow her on Twitter (@schenk).

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