INSANITY: High Schooler Arrested And Suspended For Having Fishing Tackle In His Car

Published on October 6, 2013

Cody Chitwood apparently loves fishing. He says he fishes once a week, sometimes twice a week. What he probably didn’t think about, however, is that his fishing supplies were considered weapons, and were therefore not allowed inside his school’s “safety zone.” Weapons like knives used to scale and gut fish.

Officials at Lassiter High School in Cobb County, Georgia have police perform drug searches in the parking lot once or twice a year using drug-sniffing dogs. When they came to Chitwood’s ’98 beamer, the drug dog alerted probably due to black powder residue found from some left over July 4th firecrackers. That was enough for them to search the entire car, which turned up a tackle box in the trunk containing three knives. There was also a butterfly knife in the driver side door pocket.

The Marietta Daily Journal reported: “I enjoy fishing. I go fishing probably once a week, sometimes twice a week,” said Chitwood, who has been suspended for 10 days by Lassiter Principal Chris Richie. “I just forgot that it was in there. I had my fishing poles in the car, too.” He was charged with carrying a weapon in a school safety zone, which is a felony in Georgia.