A Lassiter High School senior was arrested last week after he was caught with knives on school premises, reports MDJ Online. This week, however, he made a public statement on what he feels is a situation that's been blown out of proportion.
As an ardent fisherman, Cody Chitwood, 17, spends a lot of his free time fishing in the East Cobb area. In fact, he was fishing at Mountain Park just days before knives were found his 1998 BMW 328i, on school property. According to Chitwood, the knives were put in his tackle box, which was left inside his car. However, on Sept. 17, Chitwood drove his car to school before removing the knives. That same day, administrators of the high school performed a K-9 search on the school parking lots.
Chitwood also left firecrackers in his vehicle, which is what originally alerted the dogs. He claimed that the firecrackers were sitting in his trunk since the Fourth of July, but the scents of black powder picked up by the canines was enough to search the student's vehicle. Inside the car, police found a total of four knives, including three filet-type and fishing knives inside a tackle box, and one butterfly knife located on the side pocket of the driver's door.
Chitwood was charged with felony possession of a weapon on school grounds. Yet, he doesn't feel the charges are fair.
“It’s pretty ridiculous,” said Chitwood, who has never had any trouble with the law before.
Fortunately, administrators allowed Chitwood to turn himself in to authorities instead of making a scene for other students to witness. After being booked at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on Sept. 18, he was released the same day on a $1,000 bond.
Chitwood's parents hired Cobb County attorney Joel Pugh to represent their son. He plans on going into the Air Force upon graduation, and feels a felony charge may put his goals in jeopardy.
“I have an attorney and I’m hoping to get the felony dropped so I can still get in the Air Force,” Chitwood said.