Rat Spotted In Bathroom At Wichita Falls High School

Rat Spotted At Wichita Falls High School

     Rodent problems continued Tuesday for the Wichita Falls Independent School District. In October, the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District notified school officials about the problem.

On Monday, a video captured the moments of a student coming face-to-face with a rodent in the bathroom at Wichita Falls High School.

It's an on-going problem school officials have been working to fix.
 “That day we kind of went into action and started cleaning and just kind of going over the list that they had written up and suggested,” said Chris Fain, Maintenance Supervisor and IPM Coordinator for the WFISD.

They also set traps, and had a good turnout at first, and the problem seemed to slowly fade, according to school officials. That is until a student shared the video on social media, something that caught the eye of school officials.

However, health officials said the sighting could be a good thing.

 “In an instance that you are eliminating those sources they're going to go out looking for it so you may see more rodents before you eliminate all of them,” said Susan Morris, the Environmental Administrator for the Wichita Falls- Wichita County Public Health District.

“The health department came out Monday and kind of commended us on our efforts that we have put in and that we are going in the right direction,” said Fain.

The work is far from over, according school officials.

 “So we're going to try and all work together to make sure that we alleviate the food source from the classroom so that we aren't attracting those rodents,” said Ashley Thomas, Communications Officer for the WFISD.

While having a rodent problem is serious, Thomas said students are still safe at school.

“The health concern that the health department is going to be looking at is food storage areas and making sure there are not rodents in areas where that is, and that is something that they have not seen,” said Thomas.

However, it is something she said they will continue to monitor. Fixing the problem completely means teachers, staff, and student will have to work as a team.

They are asking teachers to not eat food or drink inside the classrooms, and of course, they will be asking students to take those same steps.

  Wichita Falls High School is the only school health officials said has this problem right now. Despite that, Thomas said they will be working with all campuses to take those steps.

Brittany Costello, Newschannel 6