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LAFITTE, La. - The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office arrested a man for making threats over the phone to two schools Wednesday morning. The schools were locked down after the threats.

Shane Kersey, 35, of Lafitte, was booked with two counts of terrorizing, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. He was also wanted on a warrant for simple burglary in Plaquemines Parish.

Kersey was found after tracing a phone number. '(O)ur 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,' said a statement from Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

Kersey was picked up by deputies, after he gave investigator his location -- a friend's house in Gretna, according to the JPSO.

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

Fisher Middle-High School in Lafitte was locked down for more than two hours and Marrero Academy for Advanced Studies was locked down for 90 minutes after receiving threats.

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

Due to the two threatening calls, the students of Fisher were moved to nearby Leo E. Kerner Junior Elementary School.

Marrero Academy for Advanced Studies also received threats, and students were moved to Estelle Elementary.

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

Local authorities, including the sheriff's office and the fire department, were on the scene at both schools.

The schools reopened after officials did a sweep of the building.

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