Screen Shot 2018-02-22 at 8.48.01 PMFor Immediate Release

February 22, 2018 

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla— A 17-year-old has been arrested after the discovery of a written threat at a Walton County School.

Thursday afternoon a student at “In10sity” Magnet School at the Wise Center found a composition notebook in a classroom with a hand-written note threatening to harm students.

The note read: “Mr. Cotton you need to go get your AK-47 and I will get my AR-15 and we can kill everyone at school.”

The entire campus, which encompasses a Pre-k and Alternative Learning Center along with the magnet school, was placed on a temporary restriction preventing student movement on campus. After an administrative search was conducted and no weapons were found the restriction was lifted shortly before dismissal.

A person of interest was identified as 17-year-old Elijah Hawn.  Hawn confessed to writing the note to school administrators and investigators and was subsequently arrested on felony charges of writing a threat to kill. He was transported to the Walton County Jail to be booked in and transferred to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Public Information Officer, Walton County Sheriff's Office of the Sheriff Michael Adkinson.

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