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 with negative findings.
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 admitted to making a false bomb threat, a second degree felony. He will be transported and booked into the Walton County Department of Corrections.