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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.

For the full story, click here.

Photo courtesy of the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office.

5 thoughts on “Teen Arrested, Faces Felony Charges for Tackle Box Contents

  1. Just crazy. This goes beyond reason. It’s not like it was just laying out or on his person. Some of the rules leave no room for common sense.

  2. I hope they are proud of themselves, they just ruined that young mans life as it was. No military for him…..What the heck happened to common sense here people. I could see charges if he had the knife in his pocket, or had been warned before..was a habitual offender or something like that.

  3. Laws are to protect everyone. Everyone needs to obey the laws. This isn’t about common sense or fishing or feeling sorry for a kid. Maybe he’ll learn a good lesson from this experience and not forget to leave his AK-47 in his trunk during hunting season if he owns one.

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