UPDATE: 6 p.m.
Deputies and investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded quickly today when they were dispatched to South Walton High School in reference to a possible bomb on campus.
At approximately 1 p.m., a white male entered South Walton High School and informed staff members there was possibly a bomb somewhere at the school. The suspect then ran out of the school as staff attempted to stop him. Students were immediately evacuated and the school was placed on lockdown.
Eglin EOD was contacted and responded to the scene. The school was cleared and nothing suspicious was discovered.
The suspect was located a short time later by deputies, and witnesses were able to identify him. The suspect, Edwin Donald Campbell, 18, of Santa Rosa Beach, was detained and questioned by investigators. Campbell reportedly admitted to making a false bomb threat, a second degree felony. He will be transported and booked into the Walton County Department of Corrections.
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.
Bomb threat South Walton High School. Students evacuated. Arriving on scene now. Standby for more info.
We will update The Walton Sun's website as information becomes available.