Tifton Gazette

Homepage

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.”

1
Text Only
Local News

Local Sports
kid golfers 7-25.tif

Jensen Rainey (left) and Josie Arant will both be participating in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship next week in North Carolina.

Opinion
Obituaries
Police Reports
Your Agenda
Facebook
AP Video
Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires
House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Seasonal Content
Business Marquee
Weather Radar
Video
Sen. Chambliss addresses farm bill in Tifton
Riding the Steam Train at Ga. Museum of Agriculture
Nature's Beauty in a Tifton parking lot
Peanut Prices Remain Strong