Zero Tolerance Patrol: GA Student Charged with Felony for Bringing Fishing (!) Supplies to School

This defies every kind of logic you can muster. He didn’t even bring them IN to the school building; they were in his car. This kid could face 10 years in prison for having a filet knife in his FISHING BOX.

OMG. Stop the madness, please.

The arrests of several students who unwittingly and accidentally violated school weapon policies has some Georgian lawmakers saying “zero tolerance” makes zero sense.A Cobb County high school senior was charged with the felony of bringing weapons into a school zone after police found fishing knives in a tackle box in his car. Cody Chitwood, a 17-year-old student at Lassiter High School and avid fisherman, turned himself in and was released on $1,000 bond.

Police were performing a random sweep, and drug-sniffing dogs detected black powder in Chitwood’s car. The powder was residue from a firecracker that had been in the car since Fourth of July, but it was enough to a warrant a full search that turned up the fishing-related weaponry.

“It’s pretty ridiculous,” said Chitwood in a statement to The Marietta Daily Journal. “I have an attorney and I’m hoping to get the felony dropped so I can still get in the Air Force.” If the district attorney decides to prosecute, Chitwood could face two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

via Charged: Student who brought fishing supplies to school | The Daily Caller.


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