Cody Chitwood is a 17 years old senior at Lassiter High School in Cobb County, Georgia and loves to go fishing. Without thinking about it being a problem, he loaded his fishing gear into his car so he could go fishing after school. His timing stunk. Police showed up at the campus with drug-sniffing dogs to perform a random search. A dog hit on Chitwood’s car indicating the presence of black gun powder. That gave police probable cause to conduct a full search of his car.
It turns out that the black gun powder was residue left from a 4th of July firecracker. But during the search, the police found Chitwood’s tackle box and when they opened it, they found his fish cleaning knife. Since the school has a zero tolerance policy, Cody Chitwood was arrested and charged with a felony weapons charge. He was released on $1,000 bail. If found guilty of the offense, he could face 2-10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. It would also kill his dreams of joining the Air Force after graduation.
Chitwood commented about what happened, saying:
“It’s pretty ridiculous. I have an attorney and I’m hoping to get the felony dropped so I can still get in the Air Force.”
This is about as absurd as the liberal mentality gets in America. They have defined weapons, but don’t take into consideration things of this nature. Totally harmless fishing. Now because of such a law, this young man may be facing a messed up life.
I understand that there is a very real threat existing in today’s society. It is sad that we have turned as violent as we have. There were once times when teachers and students would compare their firearms on school property before hunting season opened. There were shooting teams where students would bring their own rifles from home, and no one blinked an eye.
If you ask me, the problem is in how kids are being raised, not the various implements that are used for legitimate purposes. It is time to start using common sense in laws. This kid is clearly no threat, and has a bright future ahead of him.
I call on everyone to get on their computers, phones, etc. and start contacting the city counsel, the state legislature in Georgia, and the school board and let your voice be heard. Action starts with you, and it can be handled locally. We need to start having an impact now. There is no other option.