Student arrested with gun at Shaw

By: By Beth Lawrence -

WAGRAM – The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office arrested a student at Shaw Academy on Tuesday for having weapons on school grounds.

Caleb Jalek Miles, 18, of Old Wire Road in Laurel Hill, is accused of having 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a magazine containing 8 bullets. Police said Miles also had a box cutter.

The weapons were found by a school official as part of a random search Tuesday morning, according to Capt. Ruben Castellon chief detective of Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

“The school resource officer was contacted by the receptionist that an individual had a gun in his backpack, and the SRO made the arrest,” Castellon said.

The gun was reported as stolen in Marlboro County, South Carolina.

Miles did not tell authorities why he brought the weapons into the school, according to Castellon.

Miles was serving 12-months probation for misdemeanor damage to property. If he had further charges they would have been sealed as part of his juvenile record, according to Castellon.

Scotland County Schools issued the following statement Wednesday.

“We can confirm that on Tuesday, Sept. 19, our Shaw Academy resource officer found a weapon on a student during the regular morning entrance process. Per Board policy, the student is currently suspended.”

Miles was arrested for one felony count of possession of a firearm on education property, one misdemeanor count of possession of a weapon on education property and possession of a stolen firearm for having a box cutter and a handgun on the premises of Shaw Academy.

Miles is being held in the Scotland County Detention Center on a $20,000 secured bond.

Shaw Academy is an alternative school located at 18700 Old Wire Road for students who have been in trouble at other schools.


By Beth Lawrence

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