Nice catch! Julian Edelman helps subdue school shooting threat

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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.

An investigation led authorities to an IP address in MI and police in Port Huron, Mich., detained a 14-year-old boy, who admitted to writing the threat. Officers in MI contacted the boy, who then admitted posting the threat.

Police said the threat was directed toward Central Middle School in Port Huron. His mother had two rifles in the home.

The incident occured roughly five weeks after 17 people lost their lives in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.

The teen, whom police have not identified, was arrested and charged with making a false report of a threat of terrorism, which is a four-year felony in the state.

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Edelman, who was in Texas at the time, contacted his assistant, Shannon Moen, who looked for the comment, found it, and took a screenshot, the New York Times reports.

As noted by Nelson, Moen and Edelman are now trying to track down the person who informed him of the threatening message - wanting to show their thanks for potentially stopping a massive tragedy.

Once the comment was confirmed, Edelman told Moen to call 911.

What she found was a line that stated: "I'm going to shoot my school up watch the news". "I think you should alert the authorities", the direct message to Edelman said. (Someone with the Instagram handle jesseyi3.) Moen has reached out to that person, but so far has received no response. "We're very lucky the Boston cops were all over it, very lucky the MI cops were all over it". "He's the real hero".

"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.