Saturday, October 5, 2013

Zero Tolerance Lunacy: Teen Faces Felony Charges for Possession of a Loaded Tackle Box

Kimberly Paxton
Activist Post

The weapons-at-school hysteria generally peaks with a suspension. Not so for a high school student in Georgia who is facing felony charges because the contents of a tackle box in his car.

17-year-old Cody Chitwood was busted during a random sweep of the Lassiter High School parking lot by police and this student who has never been in trouble before now faces prosecution, large fines, prison time, and the loss of his plans to join the Air Force in the future due to a hysterical overreaction that has resulted in his arrest.

Cody Chitwood, 17, is a senior at Lassiter High School, and an avid fisherman. 
He went fishing at his favorite spot, Mountain Park off Highway 92 and Mabry Road several days before and left his two fishing poles and tackle box in his car. 
Little did he know that Lassiter administrators would order a K-9 search of the parking lot on Sept. 17 and a dog would hit on his car. 
The dog apparently picked up a scent of black powder because Chitwood also had several firecrackers in his trunk, left over from a Fourth of July celebration. That was enough for police to order a thorough search of his 1998 BMW 328i. 
They found four knives, all of them with blades of at least 2.5 inches, according to the arrest warrant. Three of them, including a fillet knife and a spring-assisted knife, were inside his tackle box in the trunk. A butterfly knife was found inside the pocket of the driver’s side door. 
“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. (source)

Now Cody’s parents bear the financial responsibility for paying an attorney to fight the ridiculous charges. If Cody is prosecuted, he could face anywhere from 2 to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine…for having a loaded tackle box.

This hardened criminal – a kid who spends his time outdoors fishing instead of sitting at home playing violent video games or going out and smoking dope and drinking beer under the bleachers may be witnessing the destruction of his bright future – all because a group of administrators can’t be bothered to look at each situation individually.

Like all generalizations, “zero tolerance” policies are for lazy, unintelligent people who do not trust themselves to think critically about each individual situation. As well, a blanket policy makes it far easier to relinquish responsibility for actually making a decision based on the events and the people involved, and allows agendas to be pushed while freeing the enforcers of those agendas to say, “My hands were tied – we have a ‘zero tolerance’ policy.”

“Zero Tolerance”: It’s just code for “Zero Critical Thinking Skills”.

Kimberly Paxton is a staff writer for the Daily Sheeple, where this article first appeared. She is based out of upstate New York.

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Anonymous said...

OMG - This is a travesty. As a former school board trustee in a rural area (where kids are known to enjoy the outdoors), there is a certain point when common sense needs to be employed. Sadly, common sense is not all that common. This stuff has GOT to stop.

Anonymous said...

Demand a jury trial & take out an ad in the local paper describing jury nullification.

Anonymous said...

I lost a few notches of sympathy for this kid when it became apparent he wants to join the Air Force (the aerial branch of our military which acts as nothing more than a chaotic and destructive bully for the human race).

But doesn't the 4th amendment come into play here? How could the Po-Po just do a sweep of students vehicles without probable cause?

Anonymous said...

Regarding the question of probable cause, the following is taken directly from my son's high school "code of conduct" handout that is given out each year.I think this is pretty standard fare at all high schools (we live in California):
School officials may conduct searches of pupils and their personal belongings while on school property or at school-sponsored events. Searches of pupils and personal belongings will be conducted when there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the search will provide evidence that the pupil is violating the law and/or
school regulations. The scope of the search will be related to the objectives of the search, the age and sex of the pupil, and the nature of the violation.
By way of example, and not limitation, "personal belongings" includes: backpacks, brief cases, bags, et etera.
Searches are also conducted of school property under joint control. "School property" under joint control includes lockers and desks.
Lockers are school property under the joint control of the school and the pupil. There is no expectation of privacy. The District may search lockers, or any other school property under joint control, at any time.
Searches may be random and without cause of any kind.
Automobiles parked on the school premises or in the school parking lot are subject to search when officials have reason to believe weapons, drugs, or objects prohibited by school policy or state law are contained therein.
Canines may be used to search a pupil’s personal belongings and vehicles and school property under joint control. Canine searches will be used to search a pupil’s person when either (1) there are reasonable grounds to suspect a particular pupil of wrongdoing; or (2) the District determines that the school has a drug crisis or problem.

In other words, there is no expectation of privacy while on school grounds.

Anonymous said...

... a bunch of BS .. they are brain-washing school kids , that's all this is ... BS !

Anonymous said...

The line between school and prison gets blurred more every day. Hope jury nullification happens.

Anonymous said...

Every male student I went to high school with would have been arrested if these "guidelines" were enforced back in the day (80's). I grew up in rural Colorado, and most guys had guns and fishing gear in their trucks. They didn't lock their vehicles in the school parking lot nor were they worried about police shakedowns either.

When is all this craziness going to stop? When is common sense going to walk back thru the door? When are people going to quit relying on the government to raise their kids? When are people going to realize that nothing is guaranteed in this lifetime and to just live without worrying about things you can't control?

Anonymous said...

tough luck for this kid. perhaps he'll be a little wiser after all this. It only has to happen to you once before you begin to see the light. The world is a shithole. The sooner you see things for what they are, the sooner you learn to avoid the "system" altogether. There is nothing good about any government at any level. Stop fooling yourself and wake up...

You'd better be prepared or lose what little freedom you do have.

Anonymous said...

I random search of Trayvon Martin's locker came up with a screwdriver and women's jewelry. School officials called the items "found items," as in "I found them." Now Trayvon is dead. Choices have consequences, and when the school officials in Trayvon's case gave him a pass when they should have presented evidence they found to the Sheriff of burglary tools and stolen property, they were just passing him on to bigger and worse crimes.

Cody Chitwood was found to have fishing equipment in his vehicle, which anyone with a lick of sense can tell you fishing leads to being able to provide food for the table by your own efforts.

If you can't read the evidence before you because of a politically correct policy saying "Thou shalt not think," then it's a very easy step for the Most Powerful to rule with an Iron Fist over the masses of people.

Anonymous said...

Fourth Amendment? Seriously?
Regardless of what the school says their policy is, I have never given them the okay to override the constitution and I don't think the rest of the country has either.

If they said they have the right to punch your kid in the face if they caught him chewing gum in class would you really just say okay? Gee, since you said you were going to it must be alright. The school cannot empower themselves to over ride you rights. I don't care how powerful they think they are, they are not gods. If you really believe they are gods, punch one in the throat and see if they don't buckle over like a normal human being. You may want to try this even if you don't think they are gods.




Anonymous said...

Jeez - I just did a sweep of my truck, which spends a lot of time in the woods. One box of ammo. One machete (not the DVD). One Leatherman tool, with a knife blade. One hunting knife. A camp knife, A bird and trout knife, A fillet knife. A folder in the first aid box. Oh, and several pieces of expended brass rolling around the back. There are probably more, but that's the gist of it. These nannies have got to go.

Carole said...

This is just ridiculous. Doesn't anyone have any common sense anymore?

Anonymous said...

hey jeez....what's the machete for?

this kid is about to become a very forceful and persevering activist. These events affect you personally....for a long time. Activisim of any sort is better than nothing. This kid is merely at the initiation phase.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous October 5, 2013 at 12:52 PM I usually do not comment on these blogs but, there may be a few flaws with what you are quoting. Manuals are not written for the benefit of our children. Everything about school should be for their benefit not the faculty or administration. 1st point is, a police officer is not a school official. !st sentence you quote from the hand book. 2nd point is, The scope of the search will be related to the objectives of the search. Did the dog smell the knives? Although this is a bit weak, I believe it has merit. 3rd point is, IMO, The scope of the search will be related to the objectives of the search, the age and sex of the pupil, is age and sex discrimination. And lastly although not a point, if you are kind enough to reply, please be kind enough to think for yourself and not just quote from a book. Peace.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

This is BS...I remember going to school and guys had their guns in the gun racks in the parking principal and Ag teacher would come out to look at my gun, and talk about hunting and fishing with me.

We as a country are gone, unless we put a stop to this.....especially messing up our children. The establishment do not want us to be and use our God given ability to be self is not in the corporate interest, so they demonize our ability, and are forcing their tyranny upon the masses....just like Obomacare.....

Anonymous said...

to the anon of post October 5, 2013 at 12:52 PM the book cancels itself out and you can sue the being that

line one:Searches of pupils and personal belongings will be conducted when there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the search will provide evidence that the pupil is violating the law

is canceled by line two:Searches may be random and without cause of any kind.

Anonymous said...

What was up with the butterfly knife in his armrest and the "spring assisted" knife in the trunk? Those don't sound like fishing knives.

Anonymous said...

And this is why you don't want police in your schools!

Maricopa county sheriffs deputy "We're not in the schools so much to protect the kids. We're there to make sure they're not breaking laws and causing trouble! We're there to arrest when they do!" This came from the mouth of the second highest official in the sheriffs department. They are there to arrest your kids. That's what they see as their purpose!

And that's exactly what they are doing! They arrest them for plastics knives in their lunch boxes. They arrest them for jaywalking. They arrest them for talking back. They arrest them for pretty much anything that when we were kids simply got us sent to the principles office and yelled at! But, this is the new fascist America!

A few years ago a 17 year old was dating a 16 year old girl. He turned 18 and was immediately arrested and charged with statutory rape. Minimum sentencing for that type of crime was 35 years (because she was underage). Last I heard he had spent several years behind bars. You probably think this isn't true, but it is!

dan said...

When the Officials picked up the 'fellonious instuments of mass destruction'
were they then not in posession of them and subject to the same zeroe-tolerance....hmmmm ? head hurts when starts to think MOONBAT LOGIC

Anonymous said...

First they rob the students of their constitutional rights and next they come for the adults. All this is excused because of a false flag attack on 911 which was never investigated.

William Burke said...

CAREER PATHS: School>Prison; School>Military>Prison; School>Prison>Military.

Anonymous said...


"Zero tolerance" in cases like this means that the people within the school system and local and state law enforcement that are responsible for this should be fired. And permanently banned from public employment. After all we the people have a right to have zero tolerance as well.................

Anonymous said...

I live in the same town. It doesn't seem like they need any probable cause nowadays. My family and I are ready to move out of this area. You can barely breathe without getting in trouble and that is not how I want my kids to grow up. This needs to stop!

Mat said...

The dog hitting on the car is the PC for the search. Numbnuts.

Anonymous said...

Just think though, if every kid had a tackle box full of knives in his car, and one of them had a bad day, there would be bloodshed (sarcasm). That is why these laws are soooo stupid! The sentence of murder is enough to deter most people from carrying weapons and using them to kill. But you do have free will; and if you decide to murder you pay the consequences. All this other stuff about no weapons near a campus is just to condition the public so that one day, no weapons anywhere, including in your home to defend yourself will be the law.

Anonymous said...

This is just the beginning.
Better get used to it.
It will get a lot worse - till we return to following CHRIST!

Anonymous said...

Instead of complaining, where are the action steps?

1) Start a fund for this family. you can afford a $1 in the pot if you have an internet link.

2) Organize in your communities and ensure your children are not subject to the same policies.

3) Get off the couch and get active and show your outrage and stop posting you are so upset!

Anonymous said...

And the real terrorists are? Good grief. The mere possession of fish tackle and knives is sufficient to force more young people into prison? Are the private prison corporations putting so much pressure on local law enforcement that they are willing to sink this low? Truth is that 99% of cops absolutely hate young people and want to destroy their lives. We need to fire cops now! Get rid of those ignorant thugs in uniforms carrying guns, tazers and other weapons!

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