Julian Edelman helped prevent potential school shooting

The New England Patriots receiver was alerted of the threat via a direct message on Instagram. The eight-year pro then informed his assistant who eventually located the comment on his page and called authorities.

Kahron Spearman

New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman happened to read a direct message on his Instagram account, from a person with the handle @jesseyi3, according to the New York Times.


The alleged comment read: "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."


"With the emotions of what happened (in the Parkland massacre), and I have a kid now, I said, holy Toledo, what is going on?" the eight-year pro told the outlet. 


Edelman informed his assistant, Shannon Moen, who found the comment and called the authorities on the tip. 

Police eventually made an emergency records request, to ascertain the sender's email and IP address tracked back to Port Huron, Michigan. 


When local police arrived at the address, they found a 14-year-old boy, who reportedly admitted to the threat, and also found the threat was directed at his middle school.


The boy was taken to a juvenile detention center and charged with making a false report of a threat of terrorism.

Thankfully, this kid said something. We're going to send him something, a care package, just for his work. He's the real hero.

Julian Edelman
Wide Receiver, New England Patriots