Cody Chitwood, a 17 year old student at Lassiter High School in Georgia, has been arrested and charged with carrying a weapon in a school safety zone after police found fishing knives in one of his tackle boxes, located in his car along with his fishing rods.
According to the high school senior, he simply went fishing and forgot to take his gear out of his car.
“I enjoy fishing. I go fishing probably once a week, sometimes twice a week,” Chitwood said. “I just forgot it was in there. I had my fishing poles in my car, too.”
Lassiter High School administrators ordered a random K-9 search of student vehicles and the police dog picked up on the scent of black powder– apparently stemming from a few firecrackers inadvertently left in his trunk after a Fourth of July celebration months back. No other contraband or drugs were found his Chitwood’s vehicle.
Following his upcoming graduation, Chitwood had plans to join the United States Air Force and he’s worried this misunderstanding will make it impossible.
“I have an attorney and I’m hoping to get the felony dropped so I can still get in the Air Force,” Chitwood said.
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Photo courtesy of the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office.