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Louisiana Man Wearing a Tin Foil Hat Arrested for Threatening to Burn Four Schools

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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A Louisiana man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly calling in threats to burn down four schools on the Westbank.

Once police identified the phone number they called it. 35-year-old Shane Kersey of Lafitte answered the phone, identified himself, and confessed to making the threats. He told authorities he was at a friend’s house in Grenta where he was eventually arrested.

Four schools, two in Jefferson Parish and two in Plaquemines, received threatening phone calls on Wednesday morning from an anonymous man who said he would burn down the schools and harm children. Authorities locked down Marrero Academy Magnet School in Marrero and evacuated Fisher Middle-High School in Lafitte.

At the time of his arrest, Kersey had tin foil wrapped around his head.

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“The foil wrapped around his head secured by a baseball cap was there to precent microwave signals from entering his head," said Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato.

Kersey was booked on two counts of terrorizing, according to Fortunato. He was also charged as a fugitive of Plaquemines Parish on a burglary warrant.

A search of the schools found no suspicious or harmful devices and students were allowed to return to class.

According to police and court documents, Kersey has a lengthy criminal record including possession of narcotics, criminal trespassing, illegal possession of a weapon, DWI, hit and run, aggravated battery, theft, and numerous traffic offenses.

Source: Nola.com