NFL Star Julian Edelman Helped Stop a Potential School Shooting
While visiting a friend in Texas, New England Patriots wide received Julian Edelman received a disturbing message on social media. Under a picture of Edelman, an unidentified user posted on Instagram “I can’t help but notice in the comments section there is a kid saying he’s going to shoot up a school, can everybody alert the authorities please????” The user also posted a direct comment to Edelman, saying “Dude, there is a kid in your comment section says he s going to shoot up a school, i think you should alert the authority.”
Edelman’s first thoughts were of the Parkland, Florida high school massacre. “With the emotions of what happened, and I have a kid now, I said ‘holy Toledo’, what is going on?”, he told a paper who published the story on Wednesday.
When Edelman mentioned this to his Boston-based assistant, Shannen Moen, she sifted through all comments on his Instagram feed and under a photo of him and teammate Danny Amendola posted on March 25, there was the alarming comment “I’m going to shoot my school up watch the news.”
When Moen alerted the authorities, detectives were able to trace the post to an IP address in Port Huron, Michigan, where authorities were able to identify the home from which it originated. There, they found a 14-year-old boy who ended up confessing to the comment, said Port Huron Police Captain Joseph Platzer. The police also found two rifles that belonged to the boy’s mother. Platzer noted that the teen is now being detained with a charge of making a false report of a threat of terrorism.