Tifton Gazette


April 9, 2014

Dustin Kidd charged in Irwin school situation

TIFTON — Dustin Kidd, a 17-year-old former student at the school, is being held at the Irwin County Detention Center following a disturbance at Irwin County High School Tuesday.

“He has not been before a magistrate judge yet,” Ocilla Police Chief Billy Hancock said. “But I expect him to be charged with having weapons on school grounds, possession of a pistol by someone under the age of 18 and interference of a public school system.”

Kidd was arrested Tuesday afternoon at the school. He reportedly had a Facebook dispute with an Irwin County High student and came to the school to confront the student. Kidd was recently a student at the school, but had left to enter homeschooling.

Word of the Facebook dispute had gotten out and as a result, the school had several law enforcement officials on hand. Besides Ocilla police and Irwin County deputies, officials from surrounding areas had also come to assist.

Kidd was spotted by a teacher around lunchtime at the school. Authorities immediately apprehended him. At the time of his arrest, officials found knives and ammo on Kidd. After a search of his truck, a 9 mm Glock pistol and a single shot .243-caliber rifle with a scope were also found.

There had also been reports of others involved, so school rooms and lockers were also searched. However, nothing else was found.

The commotion at the high school also caused Irwin County Elementary School to be put on lockdown. The Irwin football field is the only thing that separates the two schools.

Hancock was grateful for the help his office received.

“Everything went as good and as orderly as possible Tuesday,” the chief said. “We got assistance from state agencies such as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia State Patrol. We also had the K9 unit out of Moody Air Force Base. We also had representatives here from the Ben Hill County Sheriff’s Office and the Fitzgerald Police Department, as well as law enforcement officials from Turner County.

“With all of that we were able to put the focus on the security of the students and staff at the schools. We were also able to protect ourselves.”

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