Patriots-School Shooting Threat,1st Ld-Writethru

Apr 05, 2018, 01:38
Patriots-School Shooting Threat,1st Ld-Writethru

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.

"Dude there's a kid in your comments section who says he's going to shoot up a school".

What she found was a line that stated: "I'm going to shoot my school up watch the news".

Edelman immediately reached out to his assistant in Boston, who reportedly pored over comments in search of the post.

The boy admitted to posting the threat.

Edelman instantly thought of the mass shooting about five weeks earlier in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people were killed.

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Although the celebrity profile of Edelman, the Patriots' second-leading receiver in their dramatic Super Bowl LI comeback victory over the Falcons, contributed to the discovery, it was someone with the Instagram handle of jessey13 who notified Edelman of the comment via a direct message. "Our on-duty supervisors immediately started looking into the information that was provided", said Capt. Joe Platzer of the Port Huron Police Department in MI.

"When I told Julian, he was in shock", Moen said. "All of us, including players, are learning together to take these kinds of things very seriously".

Officers were able to trace the comment back to a 14-year-old boy in Port Huron, Michigan.

The detectives called police in MI, who immediately drove to the house where the threatening message originated.

BOSTON (AP) - A social media message to New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman has led police to a teenager who posted a threat about shooting up his school. "We're very lucky the Boston cops were all over it, very lucky the MI cops were all over it".

They also recovered two rifles, which belonged to a family member.

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