Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Julian Edelman Prevented a Potential School Shooting

Julian Edelman Prevented a Potential School Shooting

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman helped pursue the source of a threatening social media post, potentially helping to foil a planned school shooting in MI.

"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 going to shoot my school up watch the news", the message said.

With the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, still fresh on his mind, the football player immediately alerted his assistant, Shannen Moen, who tracked down the comment and called 911.

In response to questions about the disturbing posting on Edelman's account, Boston Police Department spokeswoman Maisha Miraj would neither confirm nor deny who was involved, but said, "We were alerted to a post".

Moen located the comment by user "its_ya_boiii_aidan" under a photo Edelman posted March 25.

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Moen instantly contacted police and authorities which led them to Port Huron, Michigan the location the user sent the threat from.

"With the emotions of what happened, and I have a kid now, I said, 'Holy Toledo, what is going on?'" he told the Times.

Boston police added the threat came from Port Huron, Michigan.

It's unclear whether or not the boy meant to follow up on his threat, but the Times reports that police found rifles belonging to the boy's mother at the house.

There they found a 14-year-old boy who, the Times says, admitted to the threat, and they have taken him into custody and charged him with making a false report of a threat of terrorism. We look into them very thoroughly.

Edelman says he's trying to reach out to the user who alerted him to the threat.

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