Update: MPD to have extra security at MAHS Tuesday

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Update

Monroe Police Chief RV Watts said, as a precaution, there will be extra police on hand at Monroe Area High School Tuesday following a student allegedly making threats on social media. The threat was shared on Snapchat.

“Earlier today the Monroe Police Department, Walton County Sheriff’s Office, and MAHS received information in regards to a MAHS student possibly making threats on social media. The Monroe Police Department along with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office investigated the matter fully. This situation is under control and we would like to thank all the parents, students, and concerned citizens that brought this situation to our attention quickly where law enforcement was able to resolve it. However, as a precaution and to ease parents and students concerns we will have extra law enforcement personnel at MAHS tomorrow,” Watts said in a post on MPD’s Facebook page.

“We want to reassure you that the threat has been handled and will not be on campus tomorrow,” Bryan Hicks, principal of MAHS said in a statement. “As an extra precaution, Monroe Police Department will have an increased presence prior to students’ arrival and throughout the school day on Tuesday. Normal classes and after-school schedules will be followed. We appreciate your understanding and assure you that student and staff safety remains our top priority at MAHS.”

Initial Story

The Walton County Sheriffs Office put out a statement Monday afternoon reporting that there is no danger to Monroe Area High School students after a threat had allegedly been made on Snapchat.

“The Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe Police Department and administration at Monroe Area High School have responded to what was believed to be a threat made by a student on social media. After a thorough investigation, this alleged threat has been handled and there is no threat or danger to anyone.,” WCSO reported on its Facebook page.

The Snapchat was identified by students, shared with parents and then shared with law enforcement this morning.

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