EXCEL, Ala. (WKRG) – Excel Police Chief Mike West confirms an online threat on social media Monday was made by a student at Excel High School. As a precaution, additional law enforcement officers are on campus Tuesday.

Chief West confirms the “vulgar, insensitive statement” was made on Snapchat, but it wasn’t directed towards the school or to any student in particular. At this time Chief West and his department are investigating thoroughly. He tells WKRG News 5 the safety of the students is his top priority.

Chief West confirms the student was removed from campus Monday. Now, it’s up to the Monroe County Board of Education to decide if any further disciplinary action will be taken. Police expect to keep a larger than normal presence on campus.

This is a developing story. WKRG News 5 is working to gather more information. We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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