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Lithia parent arrested, accused of threatening to blow up school

LITHIA — A woman was arrested Thursday after she threatened to blow up Pinecrest Elementary School, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

While at her child's school on Wednesday to volunteer at a holiday party, two school staff members overheard Jessica Schauer say that parents should not bring their children to school "that day." When asked what day she was talking about, Schauer replied, "The day I blow it up," deputies said.

On Thursday, one of the witnesses told the school principal, who called the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies arrested Schauer, 26, at her house at 623 Wendel Ave.

An investigation remained under way. It was unclear Friday why Schauer made the statement or what day she was referring to.

She faces a charge of threatening to discharge a destructive device.

Schauer was booked into the Hillsborough County jail, where she remained Friday morning in lieu of $7,500 bail.

Lithia parent arrested, accused of threatening to blow up school 12/21/12 [Last modified: Friday, December 21, 2012 12:45pm]
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