- Joel Rodgers
The West Monroe Rebels are sick. No… really!
The Monroe television station KNOE is reporting that hundreds of students have missed classes at West Monroe High School this week. If you’re traveling to West Monroe Thursday afternoon, don’t touch anything.
According to Principal Shelby Ainsworth, it began Monday, Nov. 18, with around 400 students out sick because of the flu or flu-like symptoms. Ainsworth says close to 500 students were then out Tuesday.
The 500 absentees make up nearly a quarter of the school’s students. Roughly 2,200 students attend West Monroe High School.
He says some students have tested positive for the flu. An extra nurse has been brought in for testing.
As of Tuesday morning, there are no plans to cancel classes, but they didn’t move their playoff game up one day, not because of the flu, but because of the weather. Heavy rain is expected in the forecast on Friday and the rebels will play host to the Captain Shreve Gators THURSDAY NIGHT AT 7 PM.