A football star may have helped prevent a school shooting.
New England Patriots Receiver Julian Edelman discovering a threatening comment on his Instagram account leading police on a cross-country hunt and a race against time.
Edelman is known for his quick feet on the field and now he is being praised for his quick thinking, which may have just thwarted another school shooting. It all started with a comment posted on Edelman’s Instagram account threatening to shoot up a school.
An Instagram user notified Edelman of the message which said, “I’m going to shoot my school up watch the news”.
The New England Patriots Wide Receiver’s Assistant immediately went to police.
Captain Joe Platzer of the Port Huron, Michigan Police Department, says, “We take these threats very seriously. We look into them very thoroughly. If you see something, if you hear something, say something”.
Edelman told the New York Times he instantly thought of the Parkland shooting saying, “With the emotions of what happened, and I have a kid now, I said, ‘Holy Toledo, what is going on?'”
Police say they traced the message back to a 14-year-old in Port Huron who, they say, admitted to writing the threat. Police say they found two rifles in the teen’s home that belonged to his mother.