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Jefferson Parish schools locked down after threats against two schools

CaptureThe Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is reporting Fisher High School in Lafitte & Marrero Academy both received disturbing threats on their answer machines early on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

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(JPSO) – As the investigation into this morning’s threatening phone call incidents at Fisher High School in Lafitte and Marrero Academy in Marrero continued, information developed resulted in the arrest of Shane C. Kersey, W/M, 35, of Fisher Street in  Lafitte.

Investigators from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Bureau/School Intervention Unit responded to both schools this morning and began a follow-up investigation in an effort to identify and arrest the person believed responsible for making the threatening phone calls.  Upon reviewing the numerous recordings left on Fisher High and Marrero Academy’s phone answering systems, our investigators were able to determine a phone number from where the calls originated.  Shortly thereafter, our investigators called the phone number and in turn were greeted by a subject who identified himself as Shane Kersey.  When questioned relative to the threatening phone calls at the schools, Kersey admitted making the phone calls to four schools this morning, two in Jefferson Parish and two in Plaquemines Parish.  When asked for a current location where Kersey was, he  told  investigators he was at friend’s home in Gretna.  Detectives proceeded to the Gretna address and located Shane Kersey.

After being transported to the JPSO CIB, Kersey, once again admitted making the phone calls to the schools mentioned above.  Kersey also stated he overheard a conversation at a bus stop in Lafitte that there was going to be some fights between students and that unknown persons were bringing combustible materials to school.  At no time, did Shane Kersey contact any law enforcement agency to report this information.

Kersey told investigators the foil wrapped around his head secured by a baseball cap was there to prevent microwave signals from entering his head.

Shane-C.-Kersey-692×384Shane Kersey was booked into the JPCC with two counts of Terrorizing, along with being a fugitive from Plaquemines Parish on a Simple Burglary warrant.

Shane Kersey has a very extensive prior criminal history with multiple arrests for:   Possession of Narcotics, Simple Burglary, Aggravated Battery, Criminal Trespassing, Theft, Illegal Possession of a Weapon along with numerous traffic related offenses.

breaking-news-400×225Statement from Jefferson Parish Public School System:

“Out of an abundance of caution, Fisher students have been diverted to Kerner Elementary and Marrero Academy students being diverted to Estelle Elementary. Local authorities, including the sheriff’s office and the fire department, are on the scene at both schools.

“Marrero Academy has been given the “all clear,” and students are currently being sent back to campus.

“The sheriff’s office is still working to ensure that Fisher Middle/High School is cleared of any threats. Once the campus is cleared by the authorities, students will be allowed to return to school.”

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is reporting Fisher High School in Lafitte & Marrero Academy both received disturbing threats on their answer machines this morning.

Around 6:36 AM, the JPSO 911 Center received a call from faculty at Fisher High School in Lafitte advising a male caller phoned, threatened to burn down the school and harm the children.

Shortly thereafter, at 7:20 AM, the JPSO 911 Center received a call from the facility at Marrero Academy in Marrero advising a male caller phoned advising there would be a big problem at the school today, children would be harmed and he was going to burn down the school.

As a result of these threats both schools are presently on lock-down and JPSO essential personal are on-scene.  Additional notifications have been made to assisting Jefferson Parish agencies.  At this time, JPSO has no further information about the person who made the threats.