Patriots Player Helps Thwart Potential School Shooting

Somebody left a disturbing threat on Julian Edelman's Instagram page
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2018 12:36 AM CDT
Patriots Player Helps Thwart Potential School Shooting
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2016 file photo, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman waits for the start of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough, Mass. A social media message to Edelman led police to apprehend a teenager in Michigan, in late March 2018, who posted a...   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

A potential school shooting in Michigan was thwarted with the help of New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman—and a fan who alerted him to a disturbing message on his Instagram page. Edelman tells the New York Times that he received a direct message late last month warning him that somebody in his comment section had posted: "I'm going to shoot my school up watch the news." "I said, holy Toledo, what is going on?" Edelman says. He spoke to assistant Shannon Moen, who found the message among hundreds of comments on one of Edelman's posts and called 911. Police were able to track the message to a home in Port Huron, Mich., where a 14-year-old boy was arrested.

Police say the teen, a Central Middle School student, admitted making the threat. WDIV reports that two rifles belonging to the boy's grandfather were found at the home. The boy, who is now being held in a juvenile detention center, has been charged with making a false report of a terrorist threat, a felony that could get him up to four years in prison. Edelman says he wants to thank the person who alerted him, who has the Instagram handle jesseyi3. "Thankfully, this kid said something," Edelman says. "We're going to send him something, a care package, just for his work. He's the real hero." (Police say this would-be school shooter in Ohio changed his mind at the last second.)

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