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Pats WR Julian Edelman Helped Track Down a Potential School Shooter

Thanks to some Instagram detective work, Edelman helped flag a threatening commenter to Boston police.


New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is catching good vibes after he helped thwart a potentially deadly school shooting.

Last month, the NFL star was notified by an Instagram user that someone had left a disturbing comment under one of Edelman’s pictures. The user who alerted Edelman suggested that he reach out to the authorities and report the comment. After having one of his assistants weed through hundreds of comments, they found the one in question, which read “I’m going to shoot my school up watch the news.” Edelman proceeded to contact the Boston Police Department, and they were able to track down and reprimand the commenter, a 14-year-old from Port Huron, Michigan.

The unnamed teen was brought in for questioning, wherein he confessed to leaving the comment. Police also found that he had access to two rifles, both of which belonged to his mother. The boy was charged with “making a false report of a threat of terrorism,” which is a felony that carries up to a four year sentence in Michigan.

A family man and new father himself, Edelman was compelled to report the comment, particularly in the wake of the Parkland school shooting in February. “With the emotions of what happened, and I have a kid now, I said, ‘Holy Toledo, what is going on?'” he told the New York Times.

Whatever reason he had for reporting the comment, it’s good that he did. Port Huron police admitted that they would have in all likelihood missed the threat had Edelman not taken the time to look into the whole thing and speak up.