Julian Edelman's Quick Response to IG Threat May Have Prevented School Shooting

Patriots' Julian Edelman May Have Thwarted a School Shooting

The New England Patriots' slot receiver recently helped notify authorities about a comment on one of his Instagram posts, under which a 14-year-old boy said he was going to shoot up his school, according to a story from Ken Belson of the New York Times.

Edelman, an eight-year National Football League veteran with a Jewish father, was on a trip in Texas, but he contacted his assistant in Boston, who tracked down the ominous comment.

Shortly after the athlete shared the image, a teenager commented: "I'm going to shoot my school up watch the news".

While there is no way to know whether the boy who posted on Edelman's Instagram would have followed through with the threat, it's encouraging to know that people like Edelman, the Instagram follower who saw the threat, his assistant and the police were all united in their mission to prevent another tragedy. They then returned to their office, where they made an emergency records request for account information, which allowed them to determine the sender's email and IP address, which was traced to Port Huron, Mich.

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Law enforcement officers found a 14-year-old boy on the other end of the anonymous threat. Police officials say the boy was charged with making a false report of a threat of terrorism.

"Thankfully, this kid said something", said Edelman, who has played in three Super Bowls with the Patriots in his eight-year N.F.L. career. "I'm glad that nothing happened", the boy told 7News. "We're very lucky the Boston cops were all over it, very lucky the MI cops were all over it".

Moen has reached out to the sender of the direct message who gave the warning about Edelman; however, she has not received any response back.

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