WCSO responds to bomb threat at South Walton H.S. (UPDATE)

Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 07:04 PM.

UPDATE 2:15 p.m. 

At around 1 pm this afternoon, WCSO received a call from staff at South Walton High School stating that a male subject had made a statement to them that he heard there was a bomb that was going to go off at the school.  He then ran off. 

Deputies arrived in the area and began the search for the subject.  They located him and he was detained for questioning.  He is still being questioned at this time.  In the meantime, the school was evacuated and placed on lock down.  Parents are picking up students now.  For those who are wanting to pick up their children they will need to use entrance off of JD Miller Road. 

School buses will not leave until they are all checked.  The subject was not a current student at the school.  Deputies on scene are waiting for bomb squad from Bay County to arrive.

Eglin has been called to assist as well.


The Walton County Sheriff's Office sent out this email at 1:50 p.m. Nov. 8, almost a half hour after an automated telephone call went out to parents.

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