New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was in Texas recently a former teammate, Danny Amendola, when he received a startling message on Instagram.
“With the emotions of what happened, and I have a kid now, I said, 'holy Toledo,' what is going on?” Edelman said.
Edelman received a message from @jessey13 saying, “Dude, there is a kid in your comment section says hes going to shoot up a school, i think you should alert the authority.”
After thinking of recent school shootings, Edelman quickly contacted his assistant, Shannen Moen, in Boston to filter through hundreds of comments to locate the threat.
"I'm going to shoot my school up watch the news," the comment said.
According to "The New York Times," investigators were able to trace the sender's IP address to a home in Port Huron, Michigan. The suspect was a 14-year-old boy who later admitted to posting the threat.
Port Huron police Captain Joseph Platzer told the "Times" that they had found two rifles in the house which belonged to his mother. The threat was aimed at the boy's middle school.
That day, the boy was taken to a juvenile detention center. He was charged with making a false report of a threat of terrorism. This charge is a felony and is punishable up to four years in prison.
“When I told Julian, he was in shock,” Moen said. “We’re very lucky the Boston cops were all over it, very lucky the Michigan cops were all over it.”
Moen said that Edelman wanted to thank the person who decided to reach out about the threat. As of today, the kid has not replied back to Edelman.
“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. “We’re going to send him something, a care package, just for his work. He’s the real hero.”
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