Nearly a quarter of students miss school
Spike in no-shows follows talk of violence
PROPHETSTOWN – Prophetstown High School saw a big drop in attendance Friday – the day that a student had warned would see violence.
Of the school’s 310 students, 70 were no-shows – about 22 percent, Principal Kevin Parker said. Normally, the school has a 5 percent to 6 percent absenteeism rate, he said.
The principal declined to speculate on the reasons for the absences, but he said the school day seemed normal, despite a police presence. Prophetstown police officers and Whiteside County sheriff’s deputies were on hand during the day, Parker said.
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