When He Was Alerted About A Potential School Shooting, This NFL Player Sprang Into Action

“Thankfully, this kid said something.”

When New England Patriots football player Julian Edelman received a startling note in his Instagram messages, he quickly took the appropriate precautions and may have saved lives.

According to The New York Times, Edelman was in Texas in March when Instagram user @jesseyi3 sent a direct message to his Instagram account. It 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, and I have a kid now, I said, holy Toledo, what is going on?" Edelman said, noting the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida

Edelman's assistant, Shannen Moen, then found the alarming comment on his profile: "I'm going to shoot my school up watch the news."

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With that, Moen alerted the authorities. Detectives arrived at Moen's house and collected information regarding the threat. Through a series of steps, they determined the sender's email and IP address, tracing it to a 14-year-old boy in Port Huron, Michigan, The New York Times reports. He "admitted to posting the threat. They also found two rifles that belonged to his mother, according to Capt. Joseph Platzer of the Port Huron Police Department."

"Platzer said the boy's threat was aimed at the middle school that he attends in a nearby township. The boy was taken to a juvenile-detention center, where he remains. He was charged with making a false report of a threat of terrorism, a felony that is punishable by up to four years in jail."

Moen tells the publication that Edelman would like to thank @jesseyi3 for making note of the comment. 

"This individual's thoughtfulness and awareness may have helped avert another tragedy," Edelman added in another statement, according to People. "Julian is very grateful for the quick action of law enforcement authorities in Massachusetts and Michigan, and he thanks all law enforcement for their efforts in helping all of us become more aware and vigilant."

The importance of such vigilance is something we've seen time and time again: in 2016, for example, Sandy Hook Promise released a powerful PSA asking that people learn the signs of a school shooting, with social media being one of them. 

"Thankfully, this kid said something," Edelman adds in the New York Times interview. "We're going to send him something, a care package, just for his work. He's the real hero."

A real hero, indeed. 

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