High-School Student Faces Felony Charges For Fishing Knives. In His Tackle Box. In His Car.

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A high-school student in Marietta, GA has been charged with felony weapons counts after police discovered that he had brought knives onto school property. Cody Chitwood (not shown) is an avid fisherman. He left his fishing knives in his tackle box, locked in his car.

I didn’t think Georgia bred imbecile school officials quite as rapidly as, say, California or New Jersey. But I must have been wrong.

Lassiter HS

Lassiter High School officials had the local police performing a ‘random sweep’ of the school and grounds, and a police dog apparently alerted on an odor of gunpowder in Chitwood’s car. The gunpowder turned out to be an old firecracker from the 4th of July, but we all know that firecrackers are ‘gateway explosives.’

They may be harmless in themselves, but they lead troubled teens to experiment with more and more powerful explosives until they’re off in the Sudanese desert trying to build atomic bombs. It’s just a matter of time, really.

Using this retarded logic, Lassiter HS must have adopted a ‘zero intelligence tolerance’ policy toward stale old firecrackers, because the discovery of the old squib in Chitwood’s car led the police to search it thoroughly. They found his tackle box in the car, and in the tackle box they found his fishing knives.

Now Chitwood is facing felony charges, but he’s not taking them lying down. “It’s pretty ridiculous,” he said. “I have an attorney and I’m hoping to get the felony dropped so I can still get in the Air Force.”

Any kid who’s into fishing and wants to serve his country sounds like a good kid to me. Let’s hope the D.A. does the right thing here.

The clowns of the Lassiter High School administration can be reached at (678) 494-7863, if you’d like to give them a piece of your mind.

Read the full story at the Washington Times.


  1. I_Like_Pie says:

    I would fire anyone and everyone involved in this situation. I hope he reams the whole school system.

  2. dph says:

    I’d like to see the timeline where it’s marked “The pussification of America begins”, because I ‘m pretty sure we are getting to the point where they can say it’s complete.

  3. ChuckN says:

    “I didn’t think Georgia bred imbecile school officials quite
    as rapidly as, say, California or New Jersey.”

    Google the number of major scandals in the Georgia
    school systems. Many are so bad that there are now
    multiple teachers and administrators serving time
    and the list is growing. Believe me the complete disuse
    of intelligence and logic by teachers and admin is not
    a shock.

  4. Duncan Idaho says:

    I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

  5. Out_Fang_Thief says:

    So, when you go to school now, you surrender your constitutional 4th amendment right to be free from unwarranted searches and seizures? Apparently you do. From the Lassiter parking permit contract.

    14. For the SAFETY of the school, any vehicle entering this campus is subject to a complete search by school authorities and law enforcement personnel assisting them. Such search may be conducted without warning for any reasonable purpose. Following the search, the vehicle will not be permitted to leave the premises without permission.

    Why can’t they be honest on 14? All rights and protections of the U.S. Constitution will be suspended by the toady school functionary, as they see fit. If you don’t like it, you can STFU and take the bus.

    No big deal, just conditioning the younger generation to get accustomed to living in a police state that’s forever fishing for felonies. Hey, you can’t fund a police state on measly misdemeanors alone. You’ll never be able to confiscate enough revenue at that rate.

  6. Jim says:

    I just recently had an encounter with my daughters high school attendance officer. My daughter had given her a doctors note to excuse a few days absent. The woman apparantly lost the note, but insisted she never recieved it. I got another copy and dropped it off. Seems a simple thing no? By the time I left, I was irate. That pitiful excuse for an “educator” was one of the most ignorant, arrogant and plainly stupid people I have ever met. When did our society start scraping the bottom of the barrel for teachers and cops? It’s just sad.

    1. ChuckN says:

      It started when they began pushing for everyone to have
      a college degree. Not everyone can hack it so the result
      was a lowering of academic standards. It is also a result of
      administrations (both leo and school) piling on so much
      bureaucratic nonsense that good people find it hard to
      stay sane.

  7. jwm says:

    I retired from a school district after 20+ years. Whatever respect I had for administrators and teachers was gone in the first 2 months. Sad times.

  8. sagebrushracer says:

    I work for a after school program, in CA no less. we are small and rural, thank god. The fact that kids do some dumb things is nothing new, and they do them on a regular basis. The scale of what they do is minor compared to some of the teachers and most of the administrators, to really fvck up that badly takes a college degree, and they all have them.

    I do what I can to can. If someone has something they might get in trouble for, I take it and they can have it back when they go home. A few times I have told em if they want it back, Mom or Dad has to come pick it up. No reason to get excited, no reason to give them a criminal record. On the other hand, you steal or vandalize the building, the sheriff is getting a copy of the security cam footage. In my humble opinion, that is how it should be.

  9. Bob says:

    During deer season, the bus driver used to pick us up from the field at 7:30 or so, my father would take the rifles back home. I kept my Ka-bar firmly on my belt for the rest of the school day. Long gone are those days.

  10. Duncan Idaho says:

    So no one’s asked this yet.

    I’m familiar with the “zero tolerance” (of common sense) policies, but I can’t imagine what, in the situation described above, would constitute a felony. Unless Georgia is waaaaay different from my state.

    Maybe the knife was of an illegal length or pattern?

    1. jwm says:

      I’m guessing that just having the knives on the school grounds was the crime.

      1. Duncan Idaho says:

        Huh. In my district/state, it’s an automatic expulsion, but I don’t think the cops ever get involved.

        Christ, it’s a real shame that we’ve gone that far.

        1. jwm says:

          The way I read it the police are the ones that found the knives, not school admins. The police were there doing a random sweep with dogs.

          As bad as California is I don’t recall ever seeing k9 teams working a school. This was Georgia, a supposedly gun friendly place.

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